2 political prisoners are on hunger strike in Tabriz Prison
HRANA News Agency – Arash Mohammadi and Ayat Mehrali Baigloo, the political prisoners of central prison of Tabriz, have started their hunger strike since April 15th, in protest at the pressure of the intelligence and security forces to political prisoners’ families
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), these political prisoners have announced that they have started their hunger strike in protest at persecution, arresting and threatening political prisoners’ families, and exiling political prisoners and depriving them of having furlough.
These 2 prisoners who are imprisoned in financial ward of central prison of Tabriz called these practices as obvious examples of human rights violations and asked the authorities to end this manner.
Need to be mentioned, Mahmoud Fazli, Shahram Radmehr, Ayat Mehrali Baigloo (Yooroush), Latif Hassani and Behbood Gholizadeh, the 5 members of central board committee of Yeni GAMOH, were arrested on March 2013, by security forces. They were sentenced to 9 years in prison. These Azeri activists are imprisoned in central prison of Tabriz, after a period of being kept in Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj.
Arash Mohammadi, the leftist student activist, who was arrested on June 14, 2013, is currently serving his sentence of one year imprisonement in Tabriz prison.
Also, Dr. Latif Hassani, the secretary general of Yeni GAMOH, supported those requests and stated that under negligence of authorities, he will start hunger strike, despite his bad physical condition.
The message of Arash Mohammadi and Ayat Mehrali Baigloo is as following:
We, the political prisoners of central prisoner of Tabriz, are starting our hunger strike in protest to punishment of political prisoners’ families, including threatening families, summoning them to the Intelligence offices, detention of family members, mentally tortures, interrogation, exiling of political prisoners, rejection of their requests for transfer, searching their homes and terrorizing prisoners’ families which are obvious human rights violations.
Ayat Mehrali Baigloo
April 15, 2014