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Iran: Political prisoners on hunger strike

Relatives of the hunger striking prisoners protest in front of Evin Prison in Tehran

Relatives of the hunger striking prisoners protest in front of Evin Prison in Tehran

Seventeen political prisoners began a hunger strike at the end of July to protest deteriorating conditions at Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. Here is the complete list of hunger strikers. Iran has arrested hundreds of journalists, human rights activists, and politicians after the protest movement emerged against the results of the June 12 presidential election in 2009.

Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, the two main opposition leaders called on the prisoners to stop the hunger strike. Iranian bloggers reported that Babak Bordbar, a jailed photographer who also went on hunger strike was released today.

Several human rights organizations announced their concern for the health condition of the hunger strikers, especially the detained journalists, Bahman Ahmadi-Amouei and Keyvon Samimi, and student activist Majid Tavakoli . These three individuals began a “dry” hunger strike on August 4.

Sight writes [fa] about the indifference of the world towards the hunger striking prisoners in Iran. The blogger writes:

What happened? Has the voice of the political prisoners become weak or is the world sleepy?… Bahman Ahmadi-Amouei and Keyvon Samimi are my countrymen and their bones are being broken in Velyateh Faghie's [Iranian regime] undergrounds

23 Khordad, a group that claims to have emerged after the presidential election to support the Green Movement, says[fa] that:

We are concerned for the health of the political prisoners who are on hunger strike, and we respect their will to either continue or stop. But we object to the invitation of a reformist group, Jebheye Moshrekat, who is asking people to do political fasting to support prisoners. Yes to hunger strike, no to political fasting. Why is it that this reformist group wants to give a political colour to their hunger strike.

Arash Ashouri, a leading Iranian photo blogger based in Iran, writes in his blog, Kosoof, about one of hunger strikers:

Bahman Ahmadi Amouee, a famous economy journalist of various reformist newspapers is in hunger strike nowadays in notorious Evin Prison of Tehran. Bahman, alongside his wife, Jila Baniyaghoub, a journalist and women rights activist was arrested after the disputed Presidential election in 2009. He was held for several weeks in solitary confinement in section 209 of Evin Prison without any official charges. Later, He was sentenced to 7 years and 4 months of imprisonment and 34 lashes in the revolutionary court.
Bahman Ahmadi Amouee, alongside 16 other political prisoners is in hunger strike in Evin prison, protesting against the terrible condition of section 350 of Evin prison and the harsh behavior of prison guards. Authorities do not let his family to visit him or have any contact with him and according to the sources from inside the prison, his physical health is in serious danger.

2 comments

  • The situation just took an even more serious turn, with news that Majid Tavakoli has been transferred to the Evin Prison clinic unconscious and in critical condition. Majid is a student activist (please note NOT a political prisoner, a prisoner of conscience) who first drew world attention when he was arrested, beaten and photographed dressed in women’s clothing as part of his torture. The response from supporters around the world was immediate and emphatic: men posted photos of themselves dressed in scarves on FaceBook and elsewhere, and the “Men in Hejab” campaign was born. This is the 15th day of Majid’s 3rd hunger strike, along with two other prisoners, he has refused both food and liquids for the past 5 days.

  • sam

    Hi
    This young people are stuped,they dont understand nothing,If the rejim in Iran fail,if Khameneieh & Ahmadinejad leave the power,Do you think,who will be replace?Go do your study baby,I have been around the word.no placeses be your country & your people,All bloody for gas,America,Britain,france,Germany & so on.Gave 1 more year chance to Iran polition,everything will be better,If bloody British & politic let Iran Grow.All problem we have from Jose.We know about that,Just money ,money &money,You are there you dont see the word.Why Ahmadinejad & khameneieh has not got peace,because of you& you.If they listen to America & British,I Garanti,They have got best life & best place in the word.Be pation 1 more year,Dont think just about yourself,think about childeren after yourself.We dont want be under pressure of British & America for ever,You can see what they did to Iraq & Afghanistan.American soldair or British soldair doesnot car about your sister or your mother,they care about money& their dailyenjoyabele time.Go and think,what for are you living.If you are not happy kill yourself & dont bother other people please,

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