Iran: new wave of hunger strike in prisons involving at least 7 inmates

Jun 02
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A wave of Hunger Strike has emerged in Iran's prisons
A wave of Hunger Strike has emerged in Iran's prisons

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Thursday, 2 June 2016

At least seven political prisoners and prisoners of conscience held in various jails, including Ehsan Mazandarani, Jafar Azimzadeh, Ms. Maryam Naghash-Zargaran, Mohammad Sedigh-Kabudvand, Rasoul Razavi, Heshmatollah Tabarzadi and Mohammad Abdullahi went on hunger strike protesting their conditions. Hrana News Agency  reports that the physical conditions of a number of these individuals are reported as extremely dire. Arash Makri and Mohammad Amin-Agushi had launched hunger strike last month, yet there is no news of these prisoners continuing or ending their protests.

Ehsan Mazandarani, Jafar Azimzadeh, Ms. Maryam Naghash-Zargaran, Mohammad Sedigh-Kabudvand and Rasoul Razavi in the prisons of Evin, Rajaie Shahr and Urumieh are on hunger strike protesting their conditions. Their general conditions have been reported as extremely dire.

Jafar Azimzadeh, a worker, is on his 32nd day of his hunger strike protesting “oppression of labor and teachers’ activities through bogus security allegations.” This imprisoned worker has been transferred to a hospital at least twice due to his dire physical conditions and returned to prison without receiving adequate care.

Jafar Azimzadeh, Secretary of the Iran Free Labor Union Executive Board, was back March 2015 convicted to six years in prison and two years deprived of any “activities on the Internet, media and press.” He is currently held in ward 8 of Evin Prison.

Mohammad Sedigh Kabudvand, journalist and head of the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization, has been on hunger strike since May 8th despite his numerous advanced illnesses. He is protesting the recent bogus charges raised against him. He was transferred to a hospital for the second time yesterday, marking his 23rd day on hunger strike, due to his dire conditions.

Kabudvand was arrested and imprisoned ever since July 1st, 2007. In a “revolutionary” court in Tehran he was condemned to 10 years behind bars for measures against national security through establishing and running the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization. He was also condemned to another year in prison for propaganda against the Islamic republic. This court order was confirmed and upheld by branch 56 of the Tehran Province appeals court, sentencing him to 10 years behind bars for founding the mentioned organization.

Ehsan Mazandarani, a jailed journalist, has been on hunger strike for the past 14 days protesting his arrest and how his case has been treated after entering ward 2A (belonging to the Revolutionary Guards) in Evin Prison. He is currently held in ward 8 of Evin Prison and condemned by an appeals court to 7 years behind bars.

Maryam Naghash-Zargaran, an ill prisoner of conscience held in Evin Prison’s women ward, is on her 5th day of hunger strike protesting lack of medical care for ill prisoners, the status of her judicial case, lack of conditional release from jail and the judiciary refusing to provide her medical furlough. This Christian convert was transferred to the Shohada Hospital last night after becoming very ill. However, she was returned to prison despite being unconscious.

According to the family of Heshmat Tabarzadi, this political activist who has been recently detained and held in a limbo status in Evin Prison, is on hunger strike protesting his arrest for the second time. There is no exact information of the date this prisoner launched his hunger strike.

Many kilometers from the Iranian capital, Rasoul Razavi, a Turk (Azari) activist in Tabriz Central Prison (northwest Iran), is on his 11th day of hunger strike protesting how he was arrested and prosecuted in court. This prisoner has conditioned the end of his hunger strike on the cancellation of his sentencing issued by the 2nd and 3rd branches of the Tabriz “revolution” court, and holding a completely public and fair trial for his case.

Mohammad Abdullahi, a political prisoner on death row in Urumieh Central Prison (northwest Iran) warned recently about his sentence scheduled to be carried out very soon, launched an unlimited hunger strike yesterday protesting his “unfair” sentence and how his case has been treated.

It is worth noting that Arash Makri and Mohammad Amin-Agushi had launched hunger strike last month, yet there is no news of these prisoners continuing or ending their protests.

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