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Atena Daemi on Hunger Strike in Evin Prison

Posted on: 10th May, 2017
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HRANA News Agency – Atena Daemi, imprisoned human rights activist in Evin Prison, has gone on hunger strike in protest against “the fake case” and judicial condemnation of her family members. Ms. Daemi has lost 10 kg weight and has physical problems.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Atena Daemi, human rights defender who is imprisoned in the women’s ward in Evin prison, has gone on hunger strike to protest against the conviction of her sisters, Ensieh and Haniyeh Daemi, as “hostages” of the families of political prisoners, since the morning of Saturday April 8, 2017.

Her mother, regarding her latest condition, told HRANA’s reporter: “I went to meet Atena, recently. She was not well, at all. She has lost 10 kg weight and got kidney pain, nausea and dizziness. Infirmary medical doctor said that there was a risk of infection in her blood. Her tongue is yellow and her nails have turned livid.”

Atena’s mother added: “Atena said she would sit in front of the Guard Officer’s room and if she would not get a response, then she would go on a dry hunger strike.”

This member of Daemi family at the end said: “The Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Judiciary and the Prosecutor’s Office are accountable for Atena’s life.”

It is noteworthy that, this imprisoned civic activist’s mother by writing an open letter addressed to Asma Jahangir, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on Iran, while explaining the situation and the status of her daughter, has called for action by the Special Rapporteur to “prevent any mishaps”.

Also, Amnesty International has issued a report on Atena Daemi’s hunger strike, and in addition to providing a description of the reasons for the strike and the last condition of Ms. Daemi, quoted from her that: “The security system has used our families as means of psychological torture and creating repression atmosphere in the society.”

Ms. Demi’s protest is against suspended prison sentence for her sisters, demanding “announcing the innocence of her sisters”, and “releasing the bail”.

Atena Daemi’s mother in a conversation with HRANA’s reporter said: “Atena had got some physical problems before the Iranian New year and now, in this situation her physical condition will get worse”.

She also explained: “A few weeks before Neurooz, her right eye vision had been very low and for a few days continuously she brought up and had vomited, Atena was twice taken to hospital that the doctor said there was a risk of stroke, but her illness is not yet known and we have to follow MRI scan and her treatment.”

HRANA had reported earlier that Branch 1162 of Ghods Judicial Complex of Tehran had sentenced Daemi sisters (Atena, Ensieh and Haniyeh) to three months and one day imprisonment. According to the decree, the sentences of Ensieh and Haniyeh, have been suspended for one year.

Daemi sisters’ conviction is related to the security officers attempt to arrest Atena Daemi and the issue of “insulting the authorities” during the mission. Something that has been called by Ms. Daemi as forming a case aimed at increasing the pressure on her.

It should be mentioned that Atena Daemi, 29, was arrested on October 21, 2014, and was held in solitary confinement in Ward 2-A under investigation for 86 days. She was transferred to Women’s Ward of Evin prison, after interrogations, on January 18, 2015.

The civil rights activist was tried by judge Moghiseh of Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, in her lawyer’s presence and with other defendants in the case, Omid Alishenas, Asuo Rostami, and Ali Nouri. She was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment due to her peaceful activities, on charges of “propaganda against the regime, assembly and collusion against national security, insulting the Supreme Leader, insulting the Islamic Republic’s founder and concealing criminal evidence”. The sentence was reduced to 7 years in the appeal court.