Gohardasht Prison

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Gohardasht Prison

Gohardasht Prison (Persian: زندان گوهردشت‎) is a prison in Gohardasht, a town in the northern outskirt of Karaj, approximately 20 km west of Tehran.

Sometimes spelled Gohar Dasht Prison, it is also known as "Rajai Shahr", Rajaishahr, Raja’i Shahr, Reja’i Shahr, Rajayi Shahr, Rajaee Shahr, Rajaei Shahr or "Rajaï Shahr Prison", etc. and sometimes as Karadj or Karaj prison (but Qezel Hesar prison is also near Karaj).
It is regarded as one of Iran's harshest jails because of its many reported cases of torture, rape and murder.[1][2]

In the immediate aftermath of the Islamic Revolution, there were many systematic executions and interrogation of former members of the overthrown monarchy, military. Also Members of the liberal, Marxist and socialist groups (mostly university students), and supporters of The People's Mujahedin of Iran who opposed to the theocratic regime were imprisoned and many of them were executed. In Google Maps it is listed as "Rajai-Shahr Prison, Karaj, Tehran, Iran".

Imprisoned student activist Majid Tavakoli was transferred to Gohardasht Prison in August 2010.[3]

In June 2012, the organization Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran raised a serious concern with EU Parliament representatives on the situation of political prisoners in Rajaee Shahr: ailing political prisoners are deprived from urgent medical attention, putting their life at risk.[4]

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Coordinates: 35°52′05″N 50°58′44″E / 35.8681°N 50.9789°E / 35.8681; 50.9789