AI: Mass hunger strike by political prisoners in protest at inhumane conditions

AI: Mass hunger strike by political prisoners in protest at inhumane conditions

Published by on August 22, 2017

Amnesty International issued a statement today about the hunger sticking prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Rajai Shahr in Iran. In the strongly worded statement Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty International said: “The fact that detention conditions have become so poor that desperate prisoners feel they are forced to go on hunger strike to demand the most basic standards of human dignity is disgraceful and highlights the urgent need for reforms to Iran’s cruel prison system”.

“By detaining dozens of prisoners of conscience after grossly unfair trials the Iranian authorities are already shamelessly flouting their human rights obligations. These are people who shouldn’t even be behind bars in the first place, yet instead of being released from custody they are being punished further by being held in appalling conditions,” said Magdalena Mughrabi.

Please read the full statement here.

We thank all ILA supporters who brought the matter to the attention of Amnesty International.


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