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Iran: Prisoners

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the treatment of imprisoned Jews in Iran; and if he will make a statement. (235694)

We have not received any specific reports pertaining to Jews in custody in Iran. We do, however, have concerns that torture and ill-treatment is common in many prisons and detention centres, facilitated by prolonged pre-charge detention and denial of access to lawyers and family. We continue to monitor the situation closely and raise any concerns about the treatment of prisoners with the Iranian authorities, both bilaterally and through the EU.