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Iran's Political Prisoners: Hedayat and Golrou begin, Sotoudeh and Arshi end, hunger strike

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Bahareh Hedayat and Mahdieh Golrou, two Iranian detained student activists have begun a hunger strike for being denied visitation rights. Kaleme website reports that Hedayat started on a hunger strike three days ago while Mahdieh Golrou joined her today.

Scores of students were arrested in post-election protests of Iran

Mizan Khabar website reports that the husbands of Hedayat and Golrou were prevented from visiting their wives in prison.

The two student activists had issued separate messages of resistance on the occasion of National Student Day in Iran two weeks ago.

Bahareh Hedayat

Recently Bahareh Hedayat's husband told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his wife has become afflicted with gall bladder stones in prison. He also added that Tehran's Prosecutor refuses to allow him to visit his wife in prison and for the past eight months the couple have not met in person.

Bahareh Hedayat was an executive member of Iran's largest student organization, Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat and has been sentenced to 9.5 years in prison in the post-election crackdown on protesters.

Mahdieh Golrou

Mahdieh Golrou in also another student activists who was arrested in the protests to the 2009 presidential elections and sentenced to over two years in prison for "propaganda against the regime and assembly and collusion to disturb national security."

Sotoudeh and Arshi end hunger strike

Nasrin Sotoudeh, detained Iranian lawyer and Gholamhossein Arshi, post-election political detainee ended their hunger strike after several days.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Madreseh Feministi website reports that Nasrin Sotoudeh was allowed to contact her family yesterday and inform them that she is no longer on hunger strike.

Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband reports that Sotoudeh confirmed that on Wednesday her health situation became critical and that she was transferred to the prison infirmary.

Sotoudeh has said that she has broken her strike because of her "motherly duties to her two children who are still minors."

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in early September and has been in solitary confinement ever since her arrest. This is the second time she went on a hunger strike to protest against mistreatment in prison and unfairness of her legal proceedings.

Sotoudeh's practice mainly focused on human rights cases and one of the charges against her is her collaboration with the Human Rights Defenders Centre in Iran.

Kaleme website also reports that Gholamhossein Arashi has also ended his hunger strike after three weeks.

Reportedly Arshi, who was arrested in the post-election protests to irregularities in the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was transferred to solitary confinement for having complained about the lack of facilities at the infamous section 350 of Evin Prison.

Arshi was transferred to the general section from solitary confinement yesterday and allowed to visit his family.

Several Iranian political prisoners have gone on hunger strike in the past months in order to focus attention on their dire conditions and undetermined legal states in prison.

Concerned opposition leaders as well as prominent figures from Iran's cultural and religious communities have called on these prisoners to end their hunger strike.

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