Jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi has written a letter from Evin Prison addressed to the Tehran prosecutor to protest the visiting conditions at the prison.

Nargess Mohammadi

Nargess Mohammadi

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Mohammadi has called on Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to allow the prisoners in the women’s ward to contact their families by phone.

She writes that there are 22 prisoners in the women’s ward and 14 are mothers, and five of them have children under 10 years of age.

She writes that without debating the fairness of their sentences, she challenges any argument that a short telephone conversation every two or three days with their children or families would contravene those sentences.

She indicates that it appears that the order to prevent female prisoners in Evin from calling their families from prison was issued by the Tehran Prosecutor and she urged him to end the ban on calls for these prisoners.

Mohammadi was scheduled to attend a hearing yesterday; however, the hearing was adjourned with out any reported reasons.

Mohammadi was sentenced to six years in jail for her human rights activities, which have been deemed “assembly and collusion against national security”. She was released earlier for medical reasons but was arrested again in May. She has remained a strong voice for women’s and prisoners’ rights.