Prisoner detained for protesting environmental damage on hunger strike in IranPublished by International Liberty on September 19, 2015
Iranian political prisoner, Abbas Lesani, is on hunger strike for past 11 days in a prison in Ardebil, north-west Iran.
Abbas Lesani is serving a prison sentence on the trumped up charge of “propaganda against the system” for taking part in an anti-regime protests over the drying up of Iran’s largest salt lake, Lake Orumieh, in north-western Iran. He has been denied the right to meet with or contact his family.
Lake Orumieh (Lake Urmia), long counted among the world’s largest saltwater lakes — almost 90 miles by 34 – today contains only 5% of the amount of water it had 20 years ago.
Iranian regime’s mismanagement of the country’s natural resources and environment has been widely criticised by experts.