Ali Moezzi writes in supports of political prisoners on hunger strike

Ali Moezzi writes in supports of political prisoners on hunger strike

Published by on August 17, 2017

Prisoner of conscience, Ali Moezzi, detained in Tehran’s Central prison, wrote a letter on 14 August is support of the political prisoners on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison.

In this letter he recalled his memories from Gohardasht prison in Karaj where thousands of prisoners have been executed in 1980’s and particularly the martyrs of the 1988 massacre.

Mr Moezzi also refers to the martyrdom of some of the political prisoners in recent years in Gohardasht and writes:
“In recent years, martyrs such as Hojjat Zamani, Ali Saremi, Valiollah Feyz Mahdavi, Abdolreza Rajabi, Mohsen Dogmehchi, Mansour Radpour and Shahrokh Zamani as well as several Sunni political prisoners, have lost their lives in this prison.”

Ali Moezzi emphasised that “long hunger strikes, after years of imprisonment, have irreversible physical complications.” He saluted the hunger strikers and called on the families of prisoners and all the good people around the world to advocate their cause and support them.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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