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At Least 5 Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Different Prisons

Posted on: 2nd July, 2016
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Ayoub Asadzadeh

HRANA News Agency – The hunger strike of 5 political prisoners, namely, Jafar Aimzadeh, Ehsan Mazandarani, Mohammad Abdullahi, Shahram Poormansouri and Ayoub Asadzadeh continues. The physical condition of some of them, including Ehsan Mazandarani, and Jafar Azimzadeh, is reported to be critical. Narges Mohammadi, is another prisoner who has started her hunger strike in protest to not being allowed to have contact with her children.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Ehsan Mazandarani, Jafar Azimzadeh, Mohammad Abdollahi, Shahram Poormansouri, Ayoub Asadzadeh and Nargers Mohammadi are on hunger strike in Evin, Rajai Shahr, Uremia, Tabriz and Kashmar prisons, in protest to their situations. The general condition of some of them is reported to be critical.

Jafar Azimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist is on the 60th day of his hunger strike, in protest to “repression of workers’ and teachers’ activities by fabricating security charges”. This prisoner has been transferred to the hospital. He passed out for some hours recently.

Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Tehran prosecutor, after accepting to meet with Mr. Azimzadeh’s wife on June 25, stated that he would do nothing for him, even if he would die.

Jafar Azimzadeh, secretary of the board of the Free Trade Union of Workers in Iran was sentenced to six years imprisonment and two years deprivation of ‘activities in cyberspace and the media and the press’ by the Revolutionary Court in 2015. He is held in ward 8 of Evin prison.

Ehsan Mazandarani, imprisoned journalist, after 20 days wet-hunger strike has changed his hunger strike to dry since Sunday June 6, in protest to insulting and swearing of a prison official, and being beaten in the hospital.

Sam Hossaini, Ehsan Mazandarani’s sister’s husband has said in an interview with “Khabarnegari-Jorm-Nist” (journalism is not a crime) web site, “Today Ehsan passed out in the cell. They transferred him to prison’s clinic”.

Hossaini said, “He is now revived and is hospitalized in ICU section”.

Shahram Poormansouri, political prisoner of Rajaei Shahr, who was arrested when he was 17 years old, and has served 16 years so far, is on hunger strike, too. There is no information about the accurate starting date of the strike, but it is confirmed that he is on hunger strike since at least 20 days ago and has lost 11kg.

Mohammad Abdollahi, death row political prisoner in Central Prison of Uremia, who was warned about execution of his sentence, is on an unlimited hunger strike to protest to the “unjust” verdict and the way his case was handled since May 29, 2016.

Ayoub Asadi, ill political prisoner in exile in Kashmar prison, is on the 22nd day of hunger strike in protest to medical negligence, rejection of medical furlough and the sentence of 20 years in prison.

A close source to Asadi family told HRANA’s reporter, “Last Saturday his family went to Mashhad to follow up his case, during the visit of Provincial prosecutor of Khorasan Razavi, he told them that he would do nothing even if Ayoub would die”.

Narges Mohammadi, the deputy director of Human Rights Defenders of Iran, who is being kept in women’s ward in Evin prison, started her hunger strike in protest to being banned from having phone contact with her children.

Nages Mohammadi, a member of LEGAM Campaign, Women Citizenship Council and chairperson of Iran Peace Council, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. By applying article 134 of new Islamic Penal Act, she has to serve 10 years of this sentence.

Narges Mohammadi, was released temporarily by physician’s recommendation in 2012, due to her medical condition. Despite the fact that her medical treatment was not finished, she was arrested by the security forces during a raid to her house and by the order of Tehran prosecutor, on May 5, 2015, and sent to Evin in order to serve her sentence.

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