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 Iranian Resistance Calls for Urgent Action to Save Lives of Hunger Striking Political Prisoners

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The health of many of political prisoners who are on their 24th day of hunger strike in Gohardasht prison to protest their inhumane conditions has deteriorated.

On Monday, August 21, Mr. Hassan Sadeghi, who is suffering from glaucoma due to the severe blows he received from prison authorities, was transferred to Farabi Hospital in southern Tehran.

Mr. Sadeghi’s eyesight has diminished severely. Physicians believe he is facing the danger of losing his eyesight due to pressure build up.

Mr. Hassan Sadeghi was last arrested for the third time in 2015 for supporting the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

Many of the prisoners on hunger strike do not have the strength to stand on their feet and have fainted repeatedly.

In the meantime, prison authorities once again transferred another hunger striking political prisoner Amir Qaziani to solitary confinement.

The authorities refrain from providing any information to the families of the hunger striking political prisoners, who seek information about their loved ones. A known official of the Iranian regime in the Gohardasht Prison, Haj Moradi, referred the families to the Prisons Organization in Tehran, but once they arrived at the location, another official named Mohebi ordered them out of the facility and refused to provide them any information.

The Iranians Resistance warns about the dangers to the health and safety of the striking prisoners, who are suffering from various illnesses after spending many years behind bars under excruciating conditions in the regime’s prisons.

The Iranian Resistance calls for urgent action by international human rights organizations, particularly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Human Rights Council to take action to save the lives of these political prisoners.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 22, 2017