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Iran: Life of political prisoners on hunger strike in danger

Iran Human Rights (DEC 21 2016): At least six political prisoners are currently on hunger strike in Iran.

Among them are Arash Sadeghi and Morteza Moradpour, who have both been on hunger strike for the past two months - their lives are in serious danger.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) condemns the imprisonment of individuals for exercising their basic citizen rights and is deeply worried about the condition of political prisoners on hunger strike. IHR calls for the immediate release of all individuals who are imprisoned solely for expressing their views and opinions.

"Hunger strike is a desperate act and the last option for the prisoner to be heard. Prisoners risk their health to go on hunger strike in order to draw attention to the unfair and unlawful conditions they are subjected to. We call on the international community, especially the European Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to take action for the prisoners on hunger strike before it is too late," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, spokesperson for Iran Human Rights.

Arash Sadeghi

Mr. Sadeghi is a civil rights defender who is currently held in ward 8 of Evin Prison. He has been on hunger strike since October 24 when his wife, Golrokh Iraee, was arrested by Iranian authorities. Mr. Sadeghi has reportedly vowed to remain on hunger strike until Ms. Iraee is released from prison. Arash Sadeghi is sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison for his peaceful civil rights activism and Golrokh Iraee is sentenced to seven years in prison.

Morteza Moradpour

Mr. Moradpour is an Azerbaijani prisoner of conscience who has been on hunger strike since October 25 in protest against the violation of his right to fair due process.

Ali Shariati

Mr. Shariati is a political prisoner who has been on hunger strike in Evin Prison since October 31 in protest against his imprisonment. According to close sources, Mr. Shariati was recently taken to the prison's clinic after his health had severely deteriorated. Iranian authorities have reportedly denied Mr. Shariati of his right to prison visits, phon calls and access the courtyard for fresh air.

Saeed Shirzad

Mr. Shirzad is a civil rights defender who is held in hall 12 of Rajai Shahr Prison (Alborz province, northern Iran) sewed his lips shut on December 7 and started a hunger strike in protest against prison conditions. In a recent letter Mr. Shirzad wrote from prison he cited the following as conditions for ending his hunger strike: removal of the cancer-causing jamming devices intended to block out Internet and phone signals, removal of the steel bars blocking the windows in prison cells, respecting the right of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners to phone calls, and give immediate attention to the medical conditions of ailing prisoners.

Nizar Zakka

According to the human rights news agency, HRANA, Mr. Zakka is a Lebanese citizen who is on hunger strike in Evin Prison.

Hossein Rastegari Majd

According to HRANA, Mr. Rastegari Majd is a Turkish citizen who is on hunger strike in Urmia Prison.