Iran: Narges Mohammadi continues hunger strike in prison despite ill health

Jul 03
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Narges Mohammadi suffering from dire health condition
Narges Mohammadi suffering from dire health condition

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Sunday, 3 July 2016

Narges Mohammadi, the renowned ill human rights advocate held in the women’s ward of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, surpassed her 5th day on hunger strike on Saturday, July 2nd, protesting authorities not allowing her to make a phone call with her children, the Hrana news agency reported. Mohammadi is continuing her hunger strike at a time when she needs to take specific medication to control her illnesses, and to this day she has suffered severe hysteria on two cases. Mohammadi has been on hunger strike since June 27th.

“She is seeking to gain the attention of judiciary officials to the issue of phone call limitations imposed on women in Evin,” said an informed source. “There are no phones in this section of Evin. This is a prisoner’s basic rights and it has been violated. Only prisoners who have first kin relatives abroad can make phone calls once a month, lasting only 10 to 15 minutes, and only if they continuously make requests and if their requests are actually agreed to.”

Tehran’s deputy public prosecutor met Mohammadi in prison on June 30th, telling her that security officials are not permitting her phone calls.

This human rights advocate, recently described by the Reporters Without Borders as a champion of freedom of reporting, was sentenced to 16 years behind bars in a so-called court.

It is said that her participation in an anti-death penalty campaign was the main accusation raised against her by the regime’s judge. Amnesty International recently issued a statement strongly condemning the sentencing delivered for Mohammadi, describing it as a comprehensive attack against all human rights advocates.

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