Hunger strike in Iran's jails

Submitted by martin on 28 March, 2020 - 7:07 Author: Shiva Mahbobi (Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran)
Evin Prison

Above: Evin prison

More than 100 political prisoners in Evin prison and the Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary (Fashafuyeh prison) have started a hunger strike demanding the release of political prisoners in the face of Coronavirus…

While the Islamic regimes officials pocket billions, and still enjoy their luxurious life, ordinary people are suffering from sheer poverty and lack of medical care, and hospitals are in dire need of the most basic equipment.

In prisons, the numbers of infected prisoners are on the rapid rise… The officials announced that they granted some temporary release to some prisoners. Following the announcement, several thousand mainly non-political prisoners were temporarily released.

However, it seems the regime has intentionally denied the political prisoners the same rights to temporary release…

According to the report received from Iran, families of political prisoners have been continuously asking the government to release their loved ones. On 10 March 2020, Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, asked the government in Iran to release all political prisoners from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails. But the Islamic regime has ignored this call.

• From the Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI)

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