Twelve political prisoners who had been on strike for the past 21 days at the Evin prison ended their strike today, at the urging of human rights organizations and their families, wife of strike leader Nasser Zarafshan tells Radio Farda.
July 25, 2004 - Political prisoners in the Evin prison's cellblock one Sunday ended their hunger strike after 21 days, at he urging of their families and human rights advocates inside and outside Iran, the strikers announced in a statement. The judiciary officials denied the news of prisoners' hunger strike, but postponed a planned visit to Tehran by a UH Human Rights Commission's delegation charged with investigating the allegations of arbitrary arrests and disappearances of dissidents.
In a statement announcing the end of their hunger strike, the prisoners denied a claim made by human rights groups in Iran who had said the strike was not political.
"Today, we had a meeting with him along with my son, he appeared physically weak, but emotionally strong," Homa Zarafshan, wife of jailed lawyer Nasser Zarafshan tells Radio Farda's broadcaster Leyli Sadr. "He gave us a statement that said they planned to break their hunger strike later this evening," she adds.
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