Monday, August 21, 2017

Iran-Political Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike On The Eve Of Nowruz


Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi


Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi, recently held in Central Zahedan Prison, south east of Iran, has staged hunger strike and refused his medications since March 3, 2017 in the quarantine section of this jail.
The 64 year old prisoner was taken to this facility’s quarantine ward on January 6, 2018 where inmates with murder and drug charges are held. During this period Arzhang Davoudi had been denied medical care despite suffering from diabetes.
He had been deprived of fresh air and family visit as well.
Davoudi protested to the harsh condition by staging hunger strike. After a while on the order of the warden, Mohammadhossein Khosravi, he was taken to a 180*160 meters solitary confinement with handcuffs and shackles.

Arzhang Davoudi, 64, was born in the city of Abadan and has an engineering degree from the University of Texas in Ausin. He has been imprisoned for the last 14 years after first being arrested in 2003 for criticizing Iran’s human rights record in a documentary film titled Forbidden Iran. The film investigated the death in suspicious circumstances of Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist. Human rights activists say that she was raped multiple times and tortured to death by the Iranian regime. The regime said that she died of a stroke while in custody.

During his time in prison, Arzhang Davoudi has suffered torture, beatings and solitary confinement and was denied access to basic hygiene products and kept in unsanitary conditions.
Amnesty International regards Arzhang Davoudi as a “prisoner of conscience” and is calling on the Iranian regime to release him immediately.


A group of political prisoners in the prisons of Evin, Gohardasht and the Greater Tehran Penitentiary staged a 3-day long hunger strike protesting the closed political space and lack of any freedom.
The statement says ‘We the political prisoners in Evin, Gohardasht and the Greater Tehran Prisons will go on Huger stick for 3 days starting on Sunday, March 18.’
While congratulating fellow Iranian people on the Persian New Year (Nowruz) they added: ‘We, more than ever, hope that the new year would be a rich and successful year and would bring freedom, justice and welfare to all people.’

Mohammad Nazari, Kurdish political prisoner


political prisoner in Gohardasht prison in Karaj is on the sixty-ninth day of his hunger strike. Mohammad Nazari, Kurdish political prisoner, has been on hunger strike to protest his legal status and Iran regime’s failure to address his situation. One of his requests is his transfer to a prison in Iranian Kurdistan province such as Mahabad or Orumiyeh. He has fallen unconscious several times during the hunger strike and the prison officials have not done anything about the prisoner's requests.
Meanwhile, four political prisoners in Rajajahi Shahr (Gohardasht) Karaj, in a letter addressed to the U.N. Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres, and the UN Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, warned about the condition of Mohammad Nazari, one of the most prominent political prisoners in Kurdistan, calling for his unconditional release.
The political prisoners Saeed Shirzad, Ibrahim Firouzi, Jafar Eghdami, and Saeed Masouri, in their letter noted more than 60 days of hunger strike by Mohammad Nazari and wrote: “Mohammad Nazari has spent more than 24 years in prison without even one day of furlough. He was sentenced to life imprisonment allegedly for having contact with Kurdish parties.”
In another part of this letter, these prisoners who themselves have been convicted of several vague charges including “propaganda against the system, disturbing public opinion and assembly and collusion against the system”, referring to the laws of the judiciary regarding the prisoners on the verge of dying as well as the serious physical and health condition of Mohammad Nazari, who is not even able to speak and drink sugar water, has called on all the awake consciences as well as independent lawyers to protect Mr. Mohammad Nazari life and his freedom as well as his demands which are fully legitimate.
Mohammad Nazari, Kurdish political prisoner was arrested in 1993 on the charges of having contact with Kurdish parties and was sentenced to death after false confession taken under beating and torture.
However, due to the pressure of human rights organizations, his death penalty was reduced to life imprisonment in 2007 and he was then transferred from Orumiyeh to Rajaei-Shahr prison.
He and 16 of his cellmates have been on hunger strike for more than 3 months to protest the lack of investigation of the indictment against them and the inhumane condition of the prison.
Latest on Political Prisoners After Temporary Cease of Hunger Strike

Despite forty days of hunger strike of political prisoners, they face a number of serious challenges, including the lack of adequate nutrition and the lack of solutions to health issues and medical care.
For more than two months, the prisoners have not received any fruit, vegetable, or legumes. The prison food is not suitable. Prisoners inevitably have to purchase the food they need from the prison shop, but the prison officials do not allow them to have access to the prison shop.
Despite the fact that all costs are on the shoulder of the prisoners and they pay for food, they are not given any meat or dairy. The only recent change was that they were allowed to purchase canned food, which alone does not provide a complete diet for the prisoners, especially the elderly.
The medical care and treatment of prisoners in this hall is also a complicated issue. In general, prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 40 days did not receive medical attention after the strikes ended, and most of them have similar medical problems such as gastrointestinal disorders and physical weakness. 
Messrs. Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi and Aboulqassem Fouladvand are indire health condition following 40 days of hunger strike and Mohammad Nazari had liver and kidney problems and the prison officials refrain from dispatching him to hospital outside the prison and he is a serious health condition.
It is notable that the 40-day hunger strike of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Gohardasht prison had taken place in protest against the denial of basic human rights and violent treatment of the prisoners contrary to human dignity of the detainees by the Iranian regime.
In the statement addressed to the Iranian people and human rights organizations the strikers stated that: during the strike, the prisoners have been deprived of the most basic facilities, even legalized in prison, access to legal proceedings in prison and access to medical treatment and the regime's judiciary and prison officials were trying to ignore and deny their hunger strike.
Gohardasht's political prisoners said they were grateful for the support they had received and added: “We all admit that our 40-day resistance in the difficult circumstances of Gohardasht prison was only possible with your support and sympathy and solidarity, and we believe that the recongnition of the cause of freedom and equality will be possible only through the unification of all political and social forces.”

Arab political prisoner, Maher Ka'bi
Iran Regime Threatens Political Prisoner's Family for Supporting His Strike
Arab political prisoner, Maher Ka'bi, has called on all human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and also the European Parliament to address the situation of political prisoners in Iran.
He also called on the UN Special Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Asma Jahangir, to put pressure on Iranian regime officials to stop them from torture and repeated violations of the rights of detainees and their exile to various cities.
According to reports, his family was pursuing his case for cancellation of his son's exile, but in response, the intelligence officials said that because he supported the political prisoners in Gohardasht by sending an audio message in Arabic, a new case is made against him and he will receive additional prison sentences.
They threatened that Maher Ka'bi in addition to bearing a 4-year prison term, another sentence was considered for him and a worse end will be waiting for him eventually.
In response to this call, Ka’bi's mother told them that your threat and trick does not work on us and would not be useful. My child is innocent and you have to release him.
The family has become very worried about the conditions of their son after the threats.
Temporary Pause of the Strike by Political Prisoners
Temporary Pause of the Strike by Political Prisoners
A group of political prisoners in Gohardasht - Karaj, west of the capital Tehran, after 40 days of hunger strike announced temporary pause of their strike on Thursday September 7
They said that despite the fact that so far none of our demands has been met, and we continue to be in inhumane conditions, at the request of individuals and social groups and labour activists, teachers and students, current political prisoners and parliamentarians from the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and the European Parliament, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations and human rights activists and our families we temporary stop our strike from Friday, September 8, 2017 after 40 days, making it political protest fasting.
we urge the international community to intervene and save the lives of  hunger striking political prisoners in Iran's Gohardasht prison
Rallies in Front of Iran Regime Parliament for the Release of a Labor Activist
NCRI - On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, people held rally in front of the Parliament of Iran to protest against the condition of a labor activist and a member of the boards of The Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (SWTSBC) who have been imprisoned.
Reza Shahabi started his hunger strike 28 days ago to protest against his detainment. The hunger strike began when the labor activist realized that the Judiciary has not approved his medical leave and he has to remain in jail for other 968 days.
The Rally began in front of the parliament on Tuesday following a call by of Reza Shahabi’s wife, Robabeh Rezaei. A group of people, students, labor activists, and drivers of Tehran Bus Company gathered in Baharestan Sq. demanding the release of Reza Shahabi. But the rally was prevented from the beginning by the security guards and plain clothes agents.
Iran fears no international intervention into alarming treatment of imprisoned dissidents
Iran fears no international intervention into alarming treatment of imprisoned dissidents
By Rowan Scarborough 
The Washington Times, September 4, 2017 - The United Nations and a human rights group are expressing alarm at Tehran’s brutal treatment of imprisoned dissidents who have stepped up criticism of Iran’s religious regime.
A foreign policy analyst told The Washington Times that, despite international condemnation, Iran believes it has nothing to fear given its unchallenged ability to intervene in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as aid Israeli enemy Hamas and harass the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf.
“Iran will pay no price for clamping down on dissent,” said retired Army Col. Robert Maginnis, a counterterrorism specialist. 
An Iranian exile opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, says more than 20 political prisoners at Iran’s most notorious maximum-security prison are on a 35-day hunger strike after being subjected to inhumane conditions. Dissidents in other prisons have joined them.
Iran’s ruling mullahs have a history of crackdowns on dissenters, who in some cases are imprisoned for years or face execution by hanging.
 Suppression of dissent in Iran unchallenged by West
Suppression of dissent in Iran unchallenged by West
 WorldTribune:While the West may be critical of Iran’s practice of imprisoning, torturing and executing dissidents, the Islamic Republic has no fear that any real action will be taken to stop it, an analyst said.
“Iran will pay no price for clamping down on dissent,” retired Army Col. Robert Maginnis told The Washington Times on Sept. 4.
Rajaee Shahr Prison
“We have little leverage in the region, and no other nation in the region will hold it accountable.”
Iran’s regime has a history of crackdowns on dissenters, who in some cases are imprisoned for years or face execution by hanging, according to human rights reports.
Asma Jahangir, the United Nations special rapporteur for Iran, said that “punishments such as flogging, blinding, amputation and stoning, which violate the absolute prohibition of torture and other forms of ill treatment, continue to be implemented.
“Major overcrowding in Iranian jails, unhygienic detention facilities, lack of proper medical care, torture and ill treatment by prison officials, and solitary confinement continue to be daily realities for thousands of prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

A HUNGER FOR CHANGE IN IRAN’S PRISONS
Many of us cannot go 5 hours without needing something to eat, whether it’s a healthy kale snack or some fast food you know you really shouldn’t touch. Yet political prisoners in one of Iran’s prisons, Gohardasht – some 15 miles northwest of the capital – have entered their 5th week of hunger strike. Even under so-called normal circumstances, Gohardasht’s security guards are more notorious than those at Evin, Iran’s most notorious prison,
when it comes to cruelty in treating political prisoners and some former political prisoners consider Evin as a 5 star hotel in comparison to Ghoardasht.
Political Prisoners in Southeastern Province Support Gohardasht Prison Hunger Strikers
Political Prisoners in Southeastern Province Support Gohardasht Prison Hunger Strikers
Political prisoners in Zahedan prison in a statement announced their solidarity with the political prisoners in Gohardasht prison who are on hunger strike and supported their legitimate demands.


Critical Health Conditions of Hunger Striking Political Prisoners
Critical Health Conditions of Hunger Striking Political Prisoners
The political prisoners detained in Gohardasht prison in Karaj west of capital Tehran, are suffering from weight loss and serious loss of blood pressure as well as serious physical problems on the 30th day of their hunger strike.
The prison doctor has not visited the prisoners inside the prison so far, and prison officials have not paid any attention to the prisoners' strike.
A number of hunger striking prisoners who met with their families on Wednesday, 30 August 2017, faced serious problems and were unable to stand up.
Gérard Deprez MEP and Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament, send a letter to the hunger striking political prisoners in Iran,
To Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Gohardasht Prison City of Karaj, Iran
On August 30, 2017 Gérard Deprez MEP and Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament, send a letter to the hunger striking political prisoners in Iran, 
hunger strike Of Political prisoners In Gohardasht prison
Iran President's 2nd Term Begins With Abuses, Hunger Strike by Political Prisoners
By Patrick Goodenough
CNS News, August 29, 2017 - Concerns are deepening for the well-being of more than 20 Iranian political prisoners on hunger strike, who reportedly are being denied medical care by authorities who triggered their protest in the first place by forcibly transferring them to accommodation where conditions are described as “unbearable.”
The incident comes in the early weeks of the second term of Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, whose ostensibly “moderate” presidency has been characterized by ongoing repression at home, include a 20-year high in executions.
Some of those affected at the Gohardasht prison west of Tehran have been on hunger strike for a month now, and political prisoners at other jails have begun to voice support and in some cases have joined the protest action.
Iran President's 2nd Term Begins With Abuses, Hunger Strike by Political Prisoners

Gohardasht political prisoners on hunger strike
Iran Human Rights Monitor, August 29, 2017 - On July 30, the Warden of Gohardasht Prison along with special execution guards known as Black Masks, attacked Hall 12 of Ward 4, beating prisoners there and damaging their belongings.
The prisoners were subsequently transferred to Hall 10 located in the maximum-security section used for detention of prisoners affiliated with ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Ms. Zahra Eghdami, the 60-year-old mother of political prisoner Jafar Eghdami
Iran: Mother of political prisoner says son is in critical condition
Ms. Zahra Eghdami, the 60-year-old mother of political prisoner Jafar Eghdami, a political prisoner who is presently on hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison in Iran, said that her son was in unsuitable condition when she last visited him and that he could barely stand on his feet.
“No one gives us any answer,” she said.

Eureporter: Call for Urgent Action about political Prisoners Hunger Strike

Forbes:Plight Of Political Prisoners Signals Regime Turmoil
Iran is currently striving to manage a number of increasingly painstaking dilemmas. International spotlight is again on Tehran’s nuclear program, with the United States demanding United Nations inspectors be granted access to its military sites.
Equally troubling is Iran’s collaboration with North Korea to pursue their nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile capabilities. Such dossiers are enough to undermine the spirit of the JCPOA, Tehran now also considers its meddling in the Middle East indispensable in its effort to establish a regional empire reaching the Mediterranean.
Crackdown on Iranian political prisoners reveals Rouhani's true colors
Crackdown on Iranian political prisoners reveals Rouhani's true colors
By Amir Basiri
While Tehran's diplomacy apparatus has been trying to portray a moderate image of the Iranian regime, the realities inside the country reveal a completely different truth.
On July 30, a few days before the inauguration of Hassan Rouhani's second term as president, the special guards of Gohardasht Prison, Karaj (60 kilometers west of Tehran), also known as Raja'i Shahr, raided a ward where political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, trade unionists, journalists, and students were kept.  The prison guards forcibly transferred some 50 inmates to a separate hall without allowing them to take their personal possessions, including their medicine.  In the process, several of the prisoners who protested the unlawful act were beaten and injured.
Hunger Striking Prisoners Call on the Iranian People and the International Community to Support Their Justice Seeking Movement
Political prisoners in Gohardasht prison in Karaj called on their fellow citizens to declare their solidarity with their justice seeking move and asked them to help them in standing up against abuses and law breakings in religious despotism ruling Iran. The prisoners, who are now on their 30th day of hunger strike, urged all international human rights bodies and organizations to visit all political prisoners and striking prisoners to work toward securing their rights
The political prisoner, Arzhang Davoudi has gone on hunger and medicine strike
The Prominent Political Prisoner Goes on Hunger Strike

The political prisoner, Arzhang Davoudi has gone on hunger and medicine strike since August 20, 2017, in Zabul Prison located in Southeastern Iran to express solidarity with the prisoners of Gohardasht Prison. He is suffering from diabetes and heart disease. As soon as he heard about the strike of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison, he also started his strike to support them and to also protest against the poor condition of Zabul Prison. Arzhang Davoudi has also announced that he is not going to stop his strike unless his demands are fulfilled. This political prisoner has been kept in solitary confinement and is under pressur
The Political Prisoners in Other Prisons Join the Hunger Strike in Solidarity
The Political Prisoners in Other Prisons Join the Hunger Strike in Solidarity
NCRI - A group of political prisoners of Ardabil Prison, Northwestern Iran, in a letter to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed their support and sympathy with the prisoners on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison located in Karaj, West of the capital Tehran, urging the authorities to address their issues including the prison's poor condition.
According to the latest reports from sources close to the prisoners, more than 20 political prisoners on strike have been constantly continued their protest for 25 days so that their demands to be addressed. The health condition of prisoners on strike is deteriorating. The doctors are not allowed to enter the wards for medical examinations and no prisoner is transferred to the healthcare facility as well.
Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner incarcerated in Evin prison
More Support for Political Prisoners in Hunger Strike
 A group of political prisoners in Rajaei Shahr (Gohardasht) prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, have launched a mass hunger strike in protest against inhuman and degrading treatment and forced transfer to the max-security section of the prison.
Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner incarcerated in Evin prison, in a letter announced his support for the legitimate demands of the hunger striking political prisoners in Gohardasht prison concurrent with their 25th day of hunger strike.
The political prisoner, Shahin Zoghitabar:
The Firm & Courageous Position of the Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike
NCRI - A group of political prisoners in Gohardasht prison located in the city of Karaj, West of Tehran, wrote a letter to the human rights organizations and associations on the 26th day of their strike seeking the recognition of their rights. The political prisoners called on the human rights organizations to pay a visit to prisons in Iran in order to see the poor condition of political prisoners. In their letter, the political prisoners also refer to the 4 decades of repression and violation of human rights, writing that," a person does not achieve self-esteem and freedom easily. We and some of our brothers, who have been imprisoned by the age of 70, are witnessing a blatant violation of human rights against the prisoners of conscience and the political prisoners by the authorities of the Judiciary, the Intelligence Organization, and the guardsmen.

The World’s Shame: Iran’s Hunger Striking Political Prisoners are Largely Ignored
By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
Human rights record has deteriorated markedly in Iran according to human rights organizations including Amnesty International.
For example, most recently, on July 30, inmates in Ward 4, Hall 12 of Iran’s Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison were made subject to a violent and unexplained raid that led to more than 50 persons being transferred to Hall 10, where conditions and treatment are even worse than the prisoners had been experiencing up to that time. Hall 10 had been newly renovated ahead of the raid, apparently with the explicit intention of putting more pressure on the prisoners of conscience that the Iranian government was planning to transfer there. In their new surroundings, the prisoners are subject to 24-hour video and audio surveillance, even inside private cells and bathrooms. Windows have been covered over with metal sheeting, thereby reducing airflow during summer in a facility that was already known for its inhuman and unhygienic conditions. In additional, the raid saw the confiscation or outright theft of virtually all of the inmates’ personal belongings, including prescription medications. Since then, prison authorities have denied the prisoners access to medical treatment and have even blocked the delivery of expensive medications purchased for them by families outside the prison.

SUPPORT FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE IN IRAN
By Zohair Ahmad
On July 30 this year, the authorities in Gohardasht prison conducted a savage attack on the political prisoners in hall 12 of ward 4. The guards insulted and beat the prisoners and forcefully transferred them to the hall 10 in the same ward. The prison authorities have   deprived the prisoners of minimum hygiene facilities and decent clothing. The prisoners have also been deprived of all family visits and have been placed under pressure to end their hunger strike.
Since the news came out, the prisoners on hunger strike have gained massive support not only around the world but also from fellow political prisoners in various prisons across Iran.

Iranian Resistance Calls for Urgent Action to Save Lives of Hunger Striking Political Prisoners

The health of many of political prisoners who are on their 24th day of hunger strike in Gohardasht prison to protest their inhumane conditions has deteriorated.
On Monday, August 21, Mr. Hassan Sadeghi, who is suffering from glaucoma due to the severe blows he received from prison authorities, was transferred to Farabi Hospital in southern Tehran.
Mr. Sadeghi’s eyesight has diminished severely. Physicians believe he is facing the danger of losing his eyesight due to pressure build up.
Mr. Hassan Sadeghi was last arrested for the third time in 2015 for supporting the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Many of the prisoners on hunger strike do not have the strength to stand on their feet and have fainted repeatedly.
In the meantime, prison authorities once again transferred another hunger striking political prisoner Amir Qaziani to solitary confinement.

Imprisoned women support hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison
Imprisoned women support hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison

Atena Daemi, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Maryam Akbari Monfared, detained in the women's ward of Evin Prison, published an open letter on August 19, 2017, calling on conscientious people to speak out against the difficult conditions of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison who are on the 20th day of their hunger strike in protest to the extremely repressive conditions in that prison.
In their letter, Atena Daemi, Golrokh Iraee and Maryam Akbari Monfared have emphasized, “Those who are critical of the government --for whatever reason-- must not face such harsh reactions placing them under inhumane conditions in prison. Under the clerical regime, many people have been killed unjustly, countless rights trampled, and many unjust rulings issued. Hunger strike has remained as the only way for prisoners to demand justice.”
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Hunger Striking Political Prisoners in Dire Conditions, Call for Urgent Action
Twenty days have passed since the day when at least 18 political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, launched a hunger strike. Their conditions are reported as very dire. These prisoners began protesting on July 30 following a vicious attack by authorities on the inmates of hall 12 in ward 4. Their personal items and money were stolen, and they were transferred to hall 10 of this ward where they are kept under harsh conditions. These political prisoners are demanding their return to hall 12 and all personal belongings and money returned. The authorities broke the prisoners’ eyeglasses, stole their purchasing cards and used all their credits in the prison store.
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Hunger Striking Political Prisoners in Dire Conditions, Call for Urgent Action
Letter of Exiled Prisoners in Support of Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike
A group of political prisoners in Ardebil prison Northwest Iran, wrote a letter of support for the political prisoners in Gohardasht prison near Tehran who are on hunger strike, urging the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to take immediate action to save the lives of these prisoners.
They emphasized in their letter that if the demand of the political prisoners in Gohardasht is not met and they are not transfeedr to Hall 12 of the prison, they will start a hunger strike too.
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Political prisoner, Ali Moezi announced his support for those political prisoners on hunger strike
Political prisoner, Ali Moezi announced his support for those political prisoners on hunger strike
17 August 2017-- The high profile political prisoner, Ali Moezi, 65, who has been mostly without legal counsel since his arrest in 2008, has written a letter announcing his support for the political prisoners on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison in Karaj, northwest of Tehran.
In this letter, he recalls his memoirs from Gohardasht prison and the memories of those martyred during the 1980s, particularly the martyrs of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.
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Political Prisoners in Ward 4 of Gohardasht Prison in Danger
Political Prisoners in Ward 4 of Gohardasht Prison in Danger
Brussels August 15, 2017. Following the recent savage attack to political prisoners by Iranian regime, Mr Gérard Deprez ,MEP and Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran committee in the European Parliament, issued the statement
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The Lives of the Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Danger
The Iranian Resistance expresses grave concern over the health and security of political prisoners on hunger strike in solitary confinement of ward 4 in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran. All international human rights organizations, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur of Human Rights in Iran, Special Rapporteur on Torture are called upon to take urgent action to save the lives of these political prisoners.
Misters Abolqassem Fouladvand, Hassan Sadeghi, Saeed Masouri, Reza Akbari Monfared, Jafar Eqdami, Amir Qaziyan, Khaled Heradani, Zaniyar and Loqman Moradi who are in solitary confinement. A number of other ward 4 prisoners, including Misters Mohammad Banazadeh Amir Khizi, Pirouz Mansouri, Majid Assadi and Payam Shakiba are amongst the inmates who are also on hunger strike protesting repressive measures against ward 4 political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison. The authorities have banned these political prisoners from any family visits and placed them under pressures to end their hunger strikes.
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Latest Report on the Situation of the Political Prisoners Transferred to Max-Security Hall
On the morning of Sunday, 30 July 2017, Gohardasht prison officers in Karaj west of Tehran forcefully transferred the political detainees to the maximum-security Hall after beating and mayhem.
According to a new report, officers took the political prisoners to the courtyard on the pretext that one prisoner has escaped and they have to get statistics, and then transferred them to the max-security Hall 10, Ward 4 by force. All 53 transferred prisoners staged hunger strike to protest regime's actions.
The report indicates that, the health condition of one of the political prisoners (Shahin Zoghi-Tabar) was deteriorated on Tuesday, August 1, due to the hunger strike, and he was transferred to the so-called Rajaei Hospital in Karaj. But with his hands handcuffed from behind, the officers sent him back to solitary confinement without any medical treatment.
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Political Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike to Protest Attack by Special Guards and Protesting Suspicious Measures
Call for urgent action to save their lives, launch fact-finding mission
The Iranian Resistance is issuing a warning regarding the lives of 53 political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, who have been attacked and transferred to a different location.
According to reports, the political prisoners incarcerated in ward 4 Hall 12 of Gohardasht prison staged an indefinite hunger strike following the raid by special guards and forced transfer of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience to Hall 10 after beating and mayhem.
Hall 10 of Gohardasht prison in Karaj – west of Tehran, contrary to the prison regulations, is equipped with 40 CCTV cameras and sixty four surveillance systems. The agents have also prevented the transfer of all drugs and equipment of the sick prisoners.
Brutal Raid of the Special Guards, on the Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Conscience
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 08:15
NCRI - Special Guards at the Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, on Sunday July 30, 2017, brutally attacked hall 12 located in section 4 of the prison, which is the hall of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, and beat them.
According to reports, prisoners have been transferred to hall 10, which is equipped with CCTV cameras and a surveillance system.
Special Guards have caused great damage to the personal belongings of the prisoners following the onslaught.
Families of prisoners are worried about their loved ones’ status. Prisoners protested against the special guards during the raid and forcible displacement.
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Sunni Political Prisoner Hanged at Gohardasht PrisonSunni Political Prisoner Hanged at Gohardasht Prison
Iranian Resistance calls on international community to condemn the execution of political prisoners in Iran, and urges all governments to make their relations with the religious dictatorship in Iran contingent on an end to executions and torture.
The Iranian regime hanged Seyed Jamal Mousavi, a Sunni Kurdish political prisoner from city of Sanadaj on Wednesday August 23 after spending nine years in prison on the so-called charge of Moharebeh (waging war on God). This is while the new cabinet of Hassan Rouhani has not been through its first week in the office.
The authorities in in Gohardasht prison (west of Tehran) transferred Mr. Mousavi from Hall 21 of Section 7 of the prison to solitary confinement on the pretext of sending him to hospital on 16 August. He was held enchained in solitary confinement for a week. They threatened Mr. Moussavi that his death sentence would be implemented if he leaks any information from inside the prison.
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