Ethnic Iranian Azeri political prisoner begins hunger strike

Ethnic Iranian Azeri political prisoner begins hunger strike

Published by on August 8, 2016

He wrote a letter announcing that he was beginning his hunger strike on Thursday, July 28.
He wrote: “The legal conduct has been my path to struggle from the moment of arrest until now. Unfortunately, due to lack of legal consequence, I will embark on a political conduct in addition to my legal conduct in the second phase. Therefore, for the realization of our legitimate rights and to achieve the proper result, I will go on hunger strike and I will not stop my protest even I reach the brink of death.”
Ebrahim Nouri was arrested and transferred to prison in Ahar on July 17. He was charged for taking part in a gathering, collusion against national security, propaganda against the regime and encouraging protests.
Thousands of ethnic Iranian Turks (Azeris) in various cities including Tehran, Tabriz, Orumiyeh, Zanjan, Ahar, Khoy and Ardebil protested on Tuesday and Thursday of this week over denigration of Azeris by the state media.
The rallies were triggered by the publication of derogatory statements in the state-run media against Iran’s largest ethnic minority group. The July 20 edition of the state-run daily Tarhe-No (issue no 868) had published an insulting reference to ethnic Iranian Azeris.

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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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