Human rights violations:
As head of Evin prison, he bears responsibility for severe human rights abuses ongoing in this prison, such as beatings, and mental and sexual abuse. According to consistent information from different sources, torture is a common practice in Evin prison. In Ward 209, many activists are being held for their peaceful activities in opposition to the ruling government.
On 10 October 2011, the European Union published the names of 29 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran including Hojatollah Souri whom the E.U. asserts are “responsible for serious human rights violations” and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes.