The white torture

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    July 2, 2017
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Via Giovanni caselli 34 rome Italy 00393802496421
Solo exhibition of photography in Haft Samar international Art gallery Tehran Iran 2014 Group exhibition in Termeh Art gallery 2010
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Mater of art (Multi media art ) Fine art academy of Rome Italy 2017 Bachelore of arts( Sculpture ) Art university of Tehran Iran 2016 Pre-university Graphic design Tehran Iran 2010
Diploma of art Graphic design Tehran Iran 2009
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worked in a photography studio for seven years from 2009 Tehran Iran
passed one year international photography course in Art university of Tehran Iran 2014
Selected photo in Khayyam international photo award 2013
Selected photo in picture of the year of Iran 2011
Selected photo in Mashgh e Honar event and photography magazine of Iran 2010
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White torture is a type of psychological torture that includes extreme sensory deprivation and isolation. Carrying out this type of torture makes the detainee lose personal identity through long periods of isolationIn Iran, white torture (Persian: شكنجه سفيد‎‎) has been practiced on political prisoners. Most political prisoners who experience this type of torture are journalists held in the Evin prison. According to Hadi Ghaemi, carrying out such tortures in Evin are not necessarily authorized directly by the Iranian government.

It can include prolonged periods of solitary confinement, often in detention centers outside the control of the prison authorities, including Section 209 of Evin Prison.

Ahmed Shaheed, the UN special human rights rapporteur in Iran, mentioned in a statement that human rights activist Vahid Asghari was psychologically tortured by means of long-term detention in solitary confinement, and with threats to arrest, torture or rape of family members. He was also reportedly tortured with severe beatings for the purpose of eliciting confessions.

An Amnesty International report in 2004 documented evidence of "white torture" on Amir Abbas Fakhravar, by the revolutionary guards. According to the report, which called his case the first known example of white torture in Iran claimed that "his cells had no windows, and the walls and his clothes were white. His meals consisted of white rice on white plates. To use the toilet, he had to put a white piece of paper under the door. He was forbidden to speak, and the guards reportedly wore shoes that muffled sound". Upon his arrival in the US, Fakhravar confirmed this report in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network.

In a telephone call to the Human Rights Watch in 2004, Iranian journalist Ebrahim Nabavi made the following claim regarding White torture:

"Since I left Evin, I have not been able to sleep without sleeping pills. It is terrible. The loneliness never leaves you, long after you are “free.” Every door that is closed on you ... This is why we call it “white torture.” They get what they want without having to hit you. They know enough about you to control the information that you get: they can make you believe that the president has resigned, that they have your wife, that someone you trust has told them lies about you. You begin to break. And once you break, they have control. And then you begin to confess.

Kianush Sanjari, an Iranian blogger and activist who had allegedly experienced this type of torture in 2006 claimed that:

"I feel that solitary confinement—which wages war on the soul and mind of a person—can be the most inhuman form of white torture for people like me, who are arrested solely for [defending] citizens' rights. I only hope the day comes when no one is put in solitary confinement [to punish them] for the peaceful expression of his ideas."
And i always think about this that we by our own mind do torture and whit thinking a lot we are losing our identity and all the time we are searching about something that we don't know what it is exactly .and after the while we want to survive our self from this illusion but we could not and then we live white this like a deep sleep in real life...