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Iranian political figures urge prisoners to end hunger strike

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mehdi Karroubi along with other Iranian political figures urged the political prisoners on hunger strike at Evin Prison to end their strike.

The opposition leader who met the families of a group of journalists yesterday marking the Day of Journalist in Iran said: "I am very concerned about the consequences of this hunger strike and the health of the prisoners, and I am urging my children to stop their strike and the officials must also heed the demands of these prisoners."

Saham News website reports that Mehdi Karroubi called on prison officials to take heed of the demands of the prisoners.

17 days into a hunger strike which started with the prisoners protest to being mistreated by prison officials and being kept in substandard conditions, several political figures have issued statements to urge the prisoners to end their strike.

family member holding photos of political prisoners on hunger strike

Mir Hosein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard, Abdollah Nouri, Ayatollah Zanjani and Parvin Fahimi are amongst the political figures who have urged an end to the strike out of concern for the health of the prisoners.

RejaiShar political prisoners have also issued an open letter urging their peers in Evin Prison to end their strike despite expressing support for their demands.

Mehdi Karroubi told the families of detained journalists: "I am sadly disappointed at the situation of the country and the recent treatment of journalists and their families."

He added: "Unfortunately we hear disturbing news about the behaviour of interrogators with prisoners which is not acceptable... Even in a non-religious and despotic government, we do not see this kind of methods."

Mehdi Karroubi reacted to the recent news about Abdolreza Tajik, the detained human rights activist who recently told his family that he has been "dishonoured" by the prison guards saying: "Degrading political prisoners to break their spirits has become prevalent in the past year, but these actions are against Islam; in Islam it is said that you do not have the right to interfere in people's private lives."

The families of the political prisoners on hunger strike in Evin Prison have been actively pursuing their case with the judiciary but the authorities have refused to respond to their concerns.

Today they issued a letter to the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani urging him to avert the imminent death of these prisoners at Evin.

The political prisoners who have been moved to solitary confinement demand that their rights as detainees be respected. They also demand that the violators of these rights be held accountable. Release of photojournalist, Babak Bordbar, increase in their space, medical services and time allotted for telephone calls is also amongst their demands.

Reports indicate that some of the prisoners have been moved to the prison infirmary due to their failing health.

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