The United Nations organisation has warned of the risk of hunger striking in Iran. Ms. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, said that the health of several prisoners of conscience is in immediate danger.
Mr. Saeed Shirzad, Mr. Ali Shariati, Mr. Mohammad Reza Nekounam, Mr. Hassan Rastegari Majd, Mr. Mehdi Koukhian, Mr. Nizar Zakka, and Mr. Mohammed Ali Taheri are all prisoners of conscience who have been on hunger strike to protest their circumstances in jail in Iran. These are just some of the prisoners in Iran resorting to such drastic measures.
In her article for International Business Times on January 8, Harriet Sinclair writes about Hejrat and Forough Moezzi, who want the international community to act now to find their father, Iranian political prisoner Ali Moezzi, who i has been missing from the notorious Gohardasht Prison since 4 January.
Amnesty International's website has accounts of numerous political prisoners, missing men and women, activists on hunger strike – hundreds of anonymous people suffering human rights violations, listed on their Iran page, which makes Moezzi’s daughters all the more frighten about their situation, as they sit and wait for news of their father.
A young Iranian man, Arash Sadeghi, is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence for conspiracy and propaganda against the state – bogus charges that he denies. He had been arrested several times in the past too, with his parents providing bail each time. However since his arrest in October last year he has been behind bars.
Several human rights organisations have expressed their concern over the whereabouts of Mr. Ali Moezzi, a 65-year old political prisoner. He is serving a prison sentence in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj, west of the capital Tehran.
Moezzi had been a political prisoner during the eighties. In 2008 he was arrested and given two years in jail because he visited his daughters in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. He was re-arrested in 2011 and given a four year prison sentence. Despite being due to be released last month, he was given an extra year. He has numerous serious health conditions and has been repeatedly put in solitary confinement and tortured.
Hashem Khastar, a former political prisoner and member of the teachers’ trade union in Mashhad, has written a letter in support of the prisoners who are currently on hunger strike. He calls for their immediate release.
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