Hunger striking political prisoners in dire condition

Hunger striking political prisoners in dire condition

Published by on August 22, 2017

Twenty two days have passed since 21 political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, started a hunger strike and their condition is deteriorating by the hour.

They began the hunger strike on 30 July following a vicious attack on the inmates of hall 12 in ward 4 of Gohardasht Prison. Their personal items and money were stolen, and then they were transferred to hall 10 where they are kept isolated under harsh conditions. These hunger striking prisoners demand going back to hall 12 and the return of all their personal belongings including their money.

These prisoners, most of whom can barely walk, are suffering from heart, lung, kidney and other illnesses. Many of them are also dealing with chronic headaches and nervous breakdowns due to jamming signals in the facility. They are deprived of any medicine. Even the medications purchased by their families outside of the prison are confiscated and stolen by prison authorities.

These hunger striking prisoners are under constant restrictions and threatened to be retransferred to solitary confinement. Dozens of closed circuit cameras and sound surveillance devices have been installed in hall 10 to have them under 24/7 control and prevent details about their conditions leak out of the prison.

Obviously the government of Iran is responsible for any damages inflicted to the health of these brave prisoners and ILA calls on the international community, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, to take urgent action to save their lives.


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