Civil activist, Soheil Arabi, In Critical Health Condition In Prison

Civil activist, Soheil Arabi, In Critical Health Condition In Prison

Published by on June 24, 2019

Civil activist Soheil Arabi has been taken to the infirmary of Fashafouyeh Prison in Tehran as his health condition deteriorated after he went on hunger strike since Saturday, 15 June, 2019. He has gone on hunger strike to protest poor prison conditions, violent mistreatment of prisoners by prison guards and officials, and various deprivations in prison. It should be mentioned that it is his third time going on hunger strike.

Soheil Arabi went on hunger strike on Saturday, 15 June 15, 2019, because his repeated requests to provide for his needs were denied by the prison authorities. After five days he was transferred to the prison infirmary on Thursday, 20 June, 2019. He urgently needs to have a surgery.

Last April, Soheil Arabi was seriously hurt when he defended a few ordinary prisoners against mistreatment and beating by guards.

In October 2018, Soheil Arabi was beaten by other inmates incited by prison authorities. He suffered a series of injuries, including a broken nose. The political prisoner is being kept in a ward with non-political prisoners, including potentially violent offenders, in violation of Article 69 of Iran’s State Prisons Organization’s regulations to separate prisoners’ wards based on the type of their crime.

Soheil Arabi, photographer, blogger and civil activist, was arrested in December 2013 by the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet and other sanctities.

Soheil Arabi was kept two months isolated in solitary confinement and subjected to relentless interrogations in Ward 2A, where is under the control of the IRGC.

In July 2015, his death sentence was commuted to 7.5 years in prison. But then again, in October 2018, he was sentenced to another 3 years in prison and exile to Borazjan, a city in southern Iran.

Soheil Arabi’s wife was forced to divorce him. He has a young daughter.

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