Political prisoners in hunger strike protest in Iran

Published on CoDIR, Committee for Defence of the Iranian Peoples Right, Press release August 5, 2010.

Hunger strikers in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, in the capital Tehran, are approaching their third week without food in protest at being transferred to solitary confinement, inhuman prison conditions and their violent treatment in prison.

In total seventeen political prisoners have been on hunger strike since the 26th July. Those involved in the protest include student leader, Abdullah Momeni, writer Keyvan Samimi and journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amooei.

On Wednesday this week, the 10th day of the hunger strike, relatives protested in front of the Office of the Prosecutor General in Tehran to demand the release of their loved ones and improved conditions for them.

They were carrying the photographs of the prisoners and posters demanding their release. The security forces attacked the gathering of the families and tried to disperse them. The security forces were grabbing the posters, tearing them and manhandling the families. Some were beaten up.

Such action on the part of the security forces is part of the wider context of political repression in Iran since the 12th June 2009 presidential election. The crackdown on the opposition is reaching every area including political and religious groups … //

… “The regime has found itself unable to overcome the political crisis in the country and continues to target political prisoners in revenge. By persecuting political detainees the government hopes to be able to frighten the opposition spreading in Iranian cities and towns. The regime has chosen violent suppression as a response against peaceful and legitimate protest demanding basic human and democratic rights.”

CODIR has protested against the upsurge of suppressive measures in Iran and has called on the Iranian regime to stop its murderous practices. It has called on international public opinion to condemn the persecution of political detainees in Iran and called on the regime in Iran to stop executions.

Mr. Ahmadi, went on to state, “that it is only through a united and effective international campaign against both the persecution and execution of political prisoners in Iran that the current atrocities can be stopped.”

CODIR is calling upon all democratic individuals and organisations, in particular the labour and trades union movement, to write protest letters to the Iranian diplomatic missions and Embassies calling on the regime to halt the persecution of political prisoners and to demand that the Iranian regime:

  • End the torture and execution of political prisoners in Iran
  • Immediately and unconditionally releases all political prisoners from detention
  • Respects the international conventions guaranteeing human rights
  • CODIR has said that it is against these and any other executions and rejects capital punishment under any circumstances.

Letters should be sent to: … (full text).

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