Prisoner detained for protesting environmental damage on hunger strike in Iran

Prisoner detained for protesting environmental damage on hunger strike in Iran

Published by on September 19, 2015

Abbas-LesaniIranian 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.

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