Narges Mohammadi on Hunger Strike in Evin Prison
HRANA News Agency – Narges Mohammadi, political prisoner in women’s ward of Evin prison, has gone on hunger strike in protest to denial of having telephone contact with her children. The imprisoned human rights activist needs to take medicine to control her diseases and to continue the hunger strike can be dangerous for her health.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Narges Mohammadi, deputy director of Human Rights Defenders, has gone on hunger strike in protest to denial of having telephone contact with her children.
A source close to this prisoners of conscience by announcing the news in an interview with HRANA’s reporter noted: “Ms. Mohammadi’s demand is not only having contact with her children. She seeks to attract the attention of judicial authorities to stop the restrictions on the prisoners of women’s ward of Evin prison.”
The source explained about the physical condition of Ms. Mohammadi: “She needs to take medicine to control her diseases and to continue the hunger strike will have unpleasant consequences for her.”
Sources close to Ms. Mohammadi also told about the restrictions women’s ward of Evin Prison: “There is no phone in the women’s ward of Evin prison at all. This is one of the basic rights of the detainees which have been violated. Only prisoners who have relatives abroad could have contact for ten to a 15 minutes by repeated requests and if it would be agreed with.”
Ms. Mohammadi by writing a letter about why she decided to strike and stating that “she has no demand except talking with her children”, told that despite the desire and physical disability, she had no way except to shout that “she is a mother” by going on hunger strike.
Deputy Prosecutor of Tehran told in the meeting with Narges Mohammadi on July 1 told her that the security officials disagree with her demand.
The human rights activist who recently was honored as “champion of freedom of information”, by the Reporters Without Borders, was sentenced to 16 years in prison at the court presided by Judge Salvati.
It is said that her main charge was partnership in LEGAM campaign (campaign to stop the executions step-by-step).
The activist suffered from pulmonary embolism, and crippling muscle disease and according to the doctors the complications of the disease exacerbated by stressful environments in the prison.
She has suffered from a nervous shock in prison while she was chained to the bed when she was transferred to the hospital.
Amnesty International, in a statement which was published recently demanded the immediate and unconditional freedom of Narges Mohammadi.