2 Civil Rights Activists on Hunger Strike in Tabriz

Posted on: 15th July, 2016
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Akbar Jahangirzadeh

HRANA News Agency – Milad Akbari and Ali Hamzezadeh, two Turkish (Azeri) activists from Tabriz, who had been arrested by the security agents of Ministry of Intelligence, have gone on hunger strike in protest to unclearness of the reason of their arrest from the moment of arrival to the detention of Intelligence Ministry.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), on July 1, two activists from Tabrizi named Milad Akbari and Ali Hamzezadeh were arrested following being summoned by the Ministry of Intelligence and after attending the office.

A close source to these activists told HRANA’s reporter in this regard: “Millad and Ali’s families were unaware of the fate of these two young men since they referred to the Intelligence Ministry. They are trying to obtain information about the status of Millad and Ali by referring to the Intelligence Ministry, but on the first day, the Intelligence Ministry has announced that they were unaware of their fate and did not accept responsibility for their arrest but their families understood that they were kept in the Intelligence Ministry the next day, by inspections and officers raiding Milad’s house.”

The source also told about the strike and how their families were informed about it: “The security forces who had come to Milad’s house said to his family that since the moment of arrival to the detention center, they have not eaten food and did not answer their questions. The officers have said: ‘We let them call home and you ask them to break their strike.’ However, they insisted on the hunger strike and did not respond to the question because of unclearness of the main reason of the arrest after the contact with their family.”

It is worth mentioning that at least four other people were arrested in Tabriz and Ahar on the Friday known as the “Qods Day.”

Ibrahim Nouri and Akbar Jahangirzadeh from Ahar were two of the detainees who were released on July 2.

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