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Families barred from contact with Iranian political detainees

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Families of the 16 Iranian political prisoners who recently ended their hunger strike report that they are still barred from contact with their kin. Kaleme website reports that the prisoners still remain in solitary confinement.

One of the chief demands of the prisoners on hunger strike was to be removed from solitary confinement.

Kaleme reported on Tuesday that 15 political prisoners who were on hunger strike have ended their strike and the last one, Keyvan Samimi, who is now accepting water, is continuing his hunger strike until all the prisoners are returned to general section of the prison.

The prisoners had announced that in respect for the biddings of MirHosein Mousavi and other figures of the opposition movement, they end their hunger strike.

Numerous opposition figures had urged the prisoners to end their strike out of cocern for the well being of these detainees.

The release of one of the prisoners, namely Babak Bordbar, the detained photojournalist was one of the demands of these prisoners which was met in the past week.

The prisoners stated that the release of Bordbar appears as a hopeful prelude to the realization of their other demands which comprise of recognition of detainee rights as formulated in prison regulations, confrontation of guards that violate these rights, increase in their space and medical facilities and adherence to all laws concerning prisoners.

The Iranian government has arrested scores of people in the past year to quell the protests against the alleged fraud that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to another term at the presidency and reportedly many of these prisoners are being subjected to harassment and other forms of mistreatment by their keepers.

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