Gohardasht prisoners stop their hunger strike ‘for now’Published by International Liberty Association on September 16, 2017
Based on reports from Iran, political prisoners in Gohardasht – Karaj, west of Tehran, temporarily stopped their hunger strike after 40 days. They had started the strike on July 30th after they were transferred to a closed location without windows and fresh air deprived of their medicine. Their belongings were destroyed or stolen during the transfer.
According to the reports, despite the fact that their demands were not met, and they continue to be in inhumane conditions, at the request of activists, social groups, other political prisoners, and parliamentarians from the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and the European Parliament, they decided to temporarily stop their hunger strike from Friday, 8 September, after 40 days.
The prisoners were encouraged by the expression of concern coming from international human rights organisations and in particular when they heard that their case was highlighted by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir.Believing that their message has been heard by the international community, they now await action and pressure on the Iranian regime to respect their most basic rights and change the inhumane conditions in the prison. They said they are ready to start the hunger strike again if no tangible result is felt.