Protests have been organized in 25 cities around the world today, June 25, to condemn the deaths of Haleh Sahabi and Reza Hoda Saber, and to show solidarity with prisoners on a hunger strike at two Iranian prisons.
The prisoners are protesting the role played by authorities in the deaths of Sahabi and Saber.
The Green Protest Campaign has called on supporters of the Green Movement, the protest movement that took shape in the aftermath of the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, to join demonstrations in cities all around the world to commemorate the deceased prisoners and to protest the “systematic violence against political prisoners” that led to the deaths of Sahabi and Hoda Saber.
The campaign has urged Iranians abroad to participate in the protests and to sport black symbols that echo the plight of all political prisoners.
Meanwhile, Kaleme cites a number of Evin Prison staff saying that authorities have threatened the prisoners with longer sentences in return for their resistance.
Currently 12 prisoners in Evin Prison and six in Rejaishahr Prison are refusing food.
Iran: Five Hunger Striking Political Prisoners Treated at Infirmary - Five of the 12 Iranian political prisoners on hunger strike at Evin Prison have been transferred to the infirmary, according to the Kaleme opposition website. Abdollah Momeni, Mohsen Aminzadeh, Abolfazl Ghadiani, Mehdi Karimian Eghbal and Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi have been transferred to the Ward 350 infirmary after more than a week without food. 6/25/11
Letter by Families of Political Prisoners to UN's Special Rapporteur On Human Rights In Iran - In a letter to the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, the families of a number of political prisoners currently on hunger strike have expressed concerns over the health of their loved ones in prison. They have urged the investigator "to travel to Iran and monitor the situation of the twelve prisoners and the condition of other political prisoners in Iran."
Iran giving out condoms for criminals to rape us, say jailed activists - Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young opposition activists locked up with them, according to accounts from inside the country's jail system. -Guardian 6/24/11
Prisoners urge UN investigator to visit Iranian prisons - Six Iranian political prisoners held at Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj have urged Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations special rapporteur for Iran, to inspect Iranian prisons. Saham News reports that the prisoners have also called on Shaheed to visit their families.
Accepting UN investigator against Iranian policy: Judiciary Chief - The head of Iran's judiciary says welcoming the United Nations rapporteur on human rights would not be in line with Islamic Republic policy. On Friday, June 17, Ahmad Shaheed, a former Maldives foreign minister, was appointed as special rapporteur on human rights for Iran.
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