Update on Civil Activist Barzan Mohammadi’s Condition in Mariwan Prison

Civil activist Barzam Mohammadi is currently serving his sentence in Mariwan Prison. On May 16, 2022, he went on a hunger strike in protest against his relocation to the quarantine section of the prison, which he ended last week once he was relocated back to the Public Ward.

Mohammadi was sent to the quarantine section as a punishment for his refusal to attend a religious ceremony.

On June 7, 2021, security forces arrested Barzan Mohammadi and transferred him to the Sarvabad IRGC detention center. He was then sent to Mariwan Prison. Subsequently, the Revolutionary Court of Mariwan sentenced him to 22 months imprisonment on the charge of “offensive statement against the Supreme Leader.”

Mohammadi had previously been arrested for his activities in cyberspace during the nationwide protests in July 2018 and was sentenced to 6 years in prison, which later was reduced to three years and six months on appeal. On July 5, 2020, he was freed on early release from Evin Prison.

Political Prisoner Ebrahim Seddigh Hamedani Relocated to Solitary Confinement While Still on Hunger Strike

Political prisoner Ebrahim Seddigh Hamedani, who is on hunger strike and refusing to take medicine, was relocated to a solitary confinement cell in Mariwan Prison. Since February 12, he has been on hunger strike in protest against a failure by prison officials to fulfill their promises. His son, Salar Seddigh Hamedani, is jailed in Kamyaran Prison. He went on hunger strike for a few days on February 3.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on January 3, Hamedani, along with his son, went on hunger strike to protest the housing of political prisoners in the same ward as prisoners of violent crime, which violates prison regulations. Ten days ago, they ended their hunger strike following promises by prison officials.

On February 23, 2019, Hamedani, his son Salar, and his daughter Maryam Seddigh were arrested. He was transferred to Urmia Central Prison on April 23, 2019.

Maryam Seddigh Hamedani was released from prison on April 25, 2019.

Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia sentenced each to 16 years imprisonment on the charges such as “acting against national security through membership in one of the anti-regime organizations” and “propaganda against the regime.”

In August of 2020, while they were spending their sentence terms, they were relocated to the detention centre of the Ministry of intelligence in Urmia city and interrogated for allegedly “propaganda against the regime inside prison.” Subsequently, a new legal case was opened against them.

In 2005, Ebrahim Seddigh Hamedani had earlier been sentenced to six years imprisonment for the same charges. He was released after serving two and a half years of his sentence on probation.