HRANA News Agency – Following a promise made by the authorities to grant the inmates their demands, 2100 prisoners ended their hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the prisoners in Wards 1, 2 and 3, Section 2, were on hunger strike to protest the assignment of a former officer as the new chief of the section. The prisoners have also demanded access to basic facilities throughout the prison and objected to being left in a state of limbo without due process.
The prisoners started their hunger strike on May 21, 2013 and ended it today after the authorities promised to grant the prisoners’ wishes.
Ghezel Hesar is a special prison for inmates charged with drug-related crimes and is considered to be one of the biggest prisons in the Middle East. In the past, there have been several reports on horrific conditions under which inmates are kept and treated in this prison.
On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the prisoners in Section 2 also took control of the ward for a few hours to protest against prison conditions. During clashes between prisoners and the Security Special Forces, some inmates were killed while others were wounded.