34 days of hunger strike for four Sunni prisoners awaiting execution

HRANA News Agency – The condition of four Sunni prisoners awaiting execution in Iran is deteriorating after 34 days on hunger strike.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molayee, Jahangir Dehghani and Jamshed Dehghani began their hunger strike on 14 June 2014 after they were transferred to Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj in order for their execution to be carried out.

The men are still being held in solitary confinement in Ward 1 of the prison and are reportedly still being forced to wear ‘execution clothes’; special clothing for prisoners who are about to be executed.

The men, who have been on hunger strike for the past 34 days in protest at their imminent executions, are suffering from low blood pressure and have fainted on a number of occasions.

They are also suffering from abdominal and kidney pain, and two of the men, Jamshed Dehghani and Hamed Ahmadi, have bleeding from the stomach and blood in their urine.

According to reports, their executions were postponed once again following widespread attention to the cases and pressure from human rights organisations.

The men are still in danger of execution, and there is concern that their execution may be carried out after the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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