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08/07/10

Starving for Freedom: 17 Prisoners of Conscience on Hunger Strike in Iran

Source: United For Iran

Background
Seventeen prisoners of conscience have been on a hunger strike for the past twelve days (as of Aug 6th, 2010), with their health rapidly deteriorating. Each of these 17 individuals has been imprisoned due to their beliefs and reports indicate that they are being held in solitary confinement and being denied communication with their families.

The 17 report that they will not end their strike until their demands are met. Demands include "Respect for prisoners rights including refraining from insulting and demeaning prisoners, legal confrontation with guards that violate prisoner rights, return of prisoners to the general section of the prison, unconditional release of Babak Bordbar, photojournalist who should have been released last week, increase in space, healthcare facilities, and upholding all the legal rights of prisoners."

Take Action
U4I and MidEastYouth (MEY) are working to raise awareness and encourage the public to take part in an online-based hunger strike campaign. With your help (and a camera!), this campaign can effectively visually highlight the demands and conditions of 17 prisoners of conscience in Iran who have assumed a hunger strike to protest ill-treatment and prison conditions.

The action is simple: download, print, and take a photograph or video with the poster provided on the Starving for Freedom campaign page.  Once done, e-mail the footage to share@united4iran.org to be incorporated into the complete campaign.

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