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Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Different Prisons

Posted on: 13th April, 2016
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Afshin Baymany

HRANA News Agency – Political prisoners such as Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, Amir Amrgholi, Saeed Shirzad, Afshin Baymany, Masoud Arabchobdar, Farid Azmodeh, Iraj Hatami, Behzad Tarahomi, Saleh Pychganloo, Mostafa Parvin, Saeed Sadeghifar and Morteza Parvin are on hunger strike in various prisons around the country with various demands. According to prisoners’ families in some cases they refuse to drink water. Hussein Ronaghi maleki’s father is one of those who has begun strike in support of his son in front of Evin Prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, Amir Amrgholi, Saeed Shirzad, Afshin Baymany, Masoud Arabchobdar, Farid Azmodeh, Iraj Hatami, Behzad Tarahomi, Saleh Pychganloo, Mostafa Parvin, Saeed Sadeghifar and Morteza Parvin are on hunger strike. The families of Ronaghi and Amirgholi said to HRANA’s reporter that their children refuse to drink water as well.

Ahmed Ronaghi Maleki along with his wife in protest at the lack of attention to the physical condition of his son, has begun a sit in in front of Evin prison since Saturday, April 9, 2016.

The father of this political prisoner asked prosecutor to investigate the physical condition and sent his sick son to the hospital and has been demanding his son’s freedom.

Hossain Rounaghi Maleki, blogger and ill prisoner of Evin prison, despite the recommendations from prison clinic, hospital physicians and forensics insisting that he had to be sent to a medical centre outside of the prison, is being still kept in the prison. In protest to sabotage that has been carried out on the process of his transfer to the hospital he has started a hunger strike since March 26 and according to his family he refuses to drink water since April 9, 2016.

Amir Amirgholi is also on hunger strike in Evin Prison. He is on hunger strike, according to his family because of the poor health condition including forced life along with prisoners who suffer from the infectious diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis. He has repeatedly asked to be transferred from ward 8 on the basis of the principle of separation of crimes and has started a dry hunger strike since the morning of April 9, 2016.

Amirgholi’s family announced the news in an interview with our reports and pointed out that only the prison officials and deputy prosecutor are responsible to protect his life.

Amir Amirgholi, former student activist and political prisoner in ward 8 of Evin prison, has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment on charges of “insulting religious sanctities”, “insulting the Supreme Leader”, “gathering and colluding to act against the national security”, “disturbing public order by participating in illegal gatherings”, and “propaganda against the regime” by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salvati. His case has been sent to the Appeals Court.

On the other hand, Amnesty International announced in a report on April 9 that Saeed Shirzad, Afshin Baymany, Masoud Arabchobdar, Farid Azmodeh, Iraj Hatami and Behzad Tarahomi are other political prisoners on hunger strike to demand the implementation of the principle of separation of offenses.

According to the report of HRANA, kilometers away from the center of the country, in the city of Ardabil, four Turkish (Azeri) imprisoned activist with the demand of implementation of the principle of separation of the crimes and improving the environmental conditions, including health, started a hunger strike since five days ago.

Saleh Pychganloo, Mostafa Parvin, Saeed Sadeghifar and Morteza Parvin are on hunger strike in Ardabil prison.

The reports received by HRANA show the poor physical condition of Morteza Parvin due to suffering from gastrointestinal disease and lumbar disc. He is in alarming condition by refusing to get medical treatment.

Ardabil prison authorities have not paid attention to the situation of these prisoners and even in response to their hunger strike they have transferred them to various wards to punish them.

It should be noted that these activists due to protests to the TV program Fitileh and presence at Takhti Stadium in Ardebil and picking up a placard in support of Abbas Lesani have been sentenced and are serving their sentences.

These strikes are continuing in the circumstances that Mr. Jafar Azimi and Ismail Abdi, well-known trade union and labor activists in Evin Prison announced that they would start a hunger strike in protest at the charges against trade unionists on April 30, 2016.

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