Iran news: three political prisoners continue hunger strikes

Apr 27
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Political prisoners Saeed Pourheydar, Amir Amirgholi & Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi
Political prisoners Saeed Pourheydar, Amir Amirgholi & Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi

By Staff Writer, Iran probe
Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Political prisoners continue hunger strike and struggle to have their rights recognized

Wednesday, April 27th marks the 7th day of a hunger strike launched by political prisoner Mahmoud Beheshti Langrouid, former Secretary-General and current spokesman of the Iran Teachers Trade Union. This teacher launched his hunger strike on Wednesday, 20th, protesting cruel rulings issued by the so-called courts in Iran chaired by judges Salavati and Moghise, and the 14-year sentence issued against him.

It is worth noting that in addition to Langroudi, Ismaeel Abdi, Secretary-General and another spokesman of the Teachers Trade Union, has said he will launch an unlimited hunger strike on April 29th.

Furthermore, political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Malaki has been on hunger strike from March 26th onward, and the general conditions of his kidney and stomach are dire. His intestinal bleeding and kidney disorders have intensified. He is also suffering from “intense heart frequency problems”, severe fatigue due to the hunger strike and lost 13 kilograms of his weight. The father of this political prisoners, who in solidarity with his son is also on hunger strike outside of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, said, “I will continue my hunger strike as long as my son is in prison and his life remains in danger, or until we both die together.”

The mother of this political prisoner had said prior to this, “They took him to a medical specialist outside of prison on Tuesday and the physician said he is in critical condition, must end his hunger strike and be hospitalized. However, Hossein says he will continue his hunger strike until his conditions change.”

Hossein Ronaghi Malaki, blogger, was arrested on November 23rd, 2009 by Revolutionary Guards members and sentenced to 15 years behind bars by the 26th branch of the mullahs’ courts in Tehran. The charges raised against him included insulting supreme leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. Suffering from various illnesses, including severe damages to his vertebrates, losing one kidney, abdominal bleeding, eye infection, lung problems, breathing disorders due to the inhumane prison conditions and severe torture imposed by the MOIS/VEVAK. He is also on the verge of losing his remaining kidney due to an infection. Regime agents in this prison have placed this political prisoner amongst ordinary inmates in ward 7 of Evin Prison, with the objective of imposing further pressure on him. Amnesty International issued a statement on March 26th, 2016 expressing concern over the conditions of political prisoners Hossein Ronaghi, and demanding his urgent release.

There have also been reports leaked outside of prison about the physical health of political prisoner Abdulfattah Sultani deteriorating. He is in need of urgent medical care in a hospital, and yet security authorities in Evin Prison are preventing his transfer to a medical center or receiving any kind of medical care.

“Abdulfattah is suffering from various illnesses in Evin Prison, including heart problems, back and neck disc disorders and serious intestinal problems. He has also lost a large amount of his weight recently,” said Masoume Dehghan, the wife of this political prisoner.

Sultani, a former lawyer of the prosecutor’s office, was arrested by the MOIS/VEVAK on June 16th, 2009 and transferred to Evin Prison’s notorious ward 209. He was convicted to 18 years behind bars in exile in the city of Berzan, and 20 years deprived of practicing law, under the charges of propaganda activities against the state and giving interviews regarding the status of his clients.

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