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Hunger striking Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority are in grave danger as their health deteriorates after 64 days on hunger strike. They have been on hunger strike in protest at their death sentences and the conditions in which they are held. Jamshid Dehghani, his younger brother Jahangir Dehghani, Hamed Ahmadi and Kamal Molayee, who have been on a “wet” hunger strike (taking water but not food) since 4 November, are now in critical condition. All four men have repeatedly lost consciousness since 30 December. Because of this, they have been given intravenous fluids in the clinic in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west Tehran. They have apparently refused to receive the intravenous fluids each time they have regained consciousness.
Sedigh Mohammadi and Hadi Hosseini, who had started a hunger strike along with the other four men, ended their hunger strike on 28 December, after their state-appointed lawyers told them their death sentences had been overturned. Amnesty International understands that the Supreme Court has overturned the sentences due to the mental health concerns of both men and has ordered a retrial by a lower court.
The four hunger strikers, Jamshid Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Hamed Ahmadi and Kamal Molayee, were sentenced to death by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on 14 November 2010 after being convicted of vaguely-worded offences such as “enmity against God” (moharebeh) and “corruption on earth" (ifsad fil-arz). They were denied the assistance of a lawyer during their trial

Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Mr. Maina Kiai
Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
Mr. Juan Méndez

Events that took place on April 17 and the following days in Evin Prison
Dear Mr. Kiai
Dear Mr. Méndez,
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the League for the Defence of Human
Rights in Iran (LDDHI) would like to draw your attention to the events that occurred recently in Evin
Prison, in Tehran.
On April 17, at 9:30, plain­clothed agents, prison guards and officials entered Ward 350 of the Evin
Prison for search and inspection. As they had already experienced misconduct of the agents during
previous searches (food and personal belongings going missing), some prisoners in Rooms 1 and 3
demanded to be present during this inspection.
In response, the guards sent a large number of the prisoners from other rooms into the yard while a
number of the plain­clothed agents attacked the prisoners that remained in the ward and beat them.
The prisoners who had gone outdoors and noticed this attack returned to the ward to verbally object to
the beatings. As a result, they were also also beaten. Subsequently, the guards lined up in the hallway
of the ward and beat the prisoners passing through. They handcuffed and blindfolded some of the
prisoners and took them into minibuses. The floors of these minibuses and the prison yard were
reported to be stained with the blood of these prisoners.

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Tuesday 24 Nov 2015

IRN 004 / 0714 / OBS 061
Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment /
Denial of medical care / Ill-treatment in detention
July 3, 2014

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in the Iran.
The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about the continued arbitrary detention and denial of medical care to Mr. Reza Shahabi Zakaria, Treasurer of the Syndicate of Workers of United Bus Company of Tehran, who is serving a six-year prison sentence since June 2010 as well as the judicial harassment, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of dozens of other trade unionists [1].

According to the information received, on June 30, 2014, Mr. Reza Shahabi, who is currently detained in Rajaishahr prison, was in pressing need for medical care. His cellmates took him to the prison clinic but the clinic officials refused to offer him the needed care and demanded him to end his hunger strike, which he turned down. Mr. Shahabi has been on hunger strike since June 1, in protest to his illegal transfer from Evin prison to Rajaishahr prison on the same day. In a letter to the Prosecutor of Tehran province, dated June 14, Mr. Shahabi stated that he felt he had no other recourse than to go on hunger strike and demanded “to be returned to Evin prison; to be granted sick leave from prison to receive medical care and disc operation” and the implementation of the relevant provisions of the 2013 Islamic Penal Code that would make him eligible for immediate release.

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Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani, a prisoner of conscience, has ended a hunger strike after 38 days, which has left him in poor health. He is facing reprisals for demanding prisoners’ rights inside Raja’i Shahr Prison

After ending his “wet” hunger strike (taking water but not food) on 14 April, trade union activist Shahrokh Zamani was transferred to a ward for violent or dangerous prisoners at Raja’i Shahr Prison, in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, after his initial transfer to Ghezel Hessar Prison, also in Karaj, shortly after he started his hunger strike. Ghezel Hessar Prison is known for its poor prison conditions and does not have a ward for political prisoners. During this transfer on 14 April, Shahrokh Zamani was reportedly hit in the face by prison guards and his eyeglasses were broken. On the morning of 16 April, Shahrokh Zamani was taken outside of the prison for questioning and returned back later the same day. He has been told that he may be charged with “disturbing public order” in relation to his activism from inside prison including his hunger strike and open letters he wrote about prison conditions.
A source close to Amnesty International has said Shahrokh Zamani, who is 49, is weak after his hunger strike, but he has not been examined by a doctor. He lost about 22 kilos during his hunger strike.
Shahrokh Zamani, a painter and decorator, started his hunger strike on 8 March in solidarity with imprisoned Sufi Gonabadi Dervishes, who went on hunger strike in protest at poor prison conditions and being ill-treated by prison guards. Shahrokh Zamani had been transferred from Raja’i Shahr Prison to Ghezel Hessar Prison on 11 March apparently to punish him for his continued peaceful activism from prison. Shahrokh Zamani has said he continued his hunger strike in protest at being taken to Ghezel Hessar Prison.

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Nobel Laureate Urges UN, Iranian Government, to Protect Iranians in Iraq
Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi: “The UN must first appoint a delegation to investigate and report on what has happened, identify the individuals responsible for this incident, and to register the names of the government or governments responsible for this case as those who have committed crimes against humanity.”

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Mansoureh Behkish’s open letter
to Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani

Mr. Rouhani, please hear our voices!

We ask you to stop tormenting and harassing the families of the executed dissidents. Open the doors of Khavaran to us and stop interfering with our ceremonies to commemorate the anniversary of the fallen. We demand to know exactly where our loved ones have been buried. We would like to care for their graves as we see fit. At a bare minimum, we are entitled to these rights. So we ask you to acknowledge and respect them. Those of us who seek justice have strived to build a better life worthy of human beings, hoping that the world will never witness such crimes repeated again.

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A Brief Report on Human Rights Situation in Iran in [ [March-April 2013]

The Judiciary and the Prisons Organization are responsible for the lives of inmates

In her latest monthly report, Shirin Ebadi, human rights defender and winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, has reviewed the human rights situation in Iran during the month of Farvardin 1392 [March-April 2013].

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