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Iran: Prison hunger strike follows execution of drug convicts


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Karaj, Iran - 1,800 prisoners at Karaj's Qezel Hessar Prison have gone on hunger strike to protest the execution of 11 prisoners convicted of drug charges. HRANA reports that the condemned convicts were transferred to solitary confinement at Qezel Hessar prison from Qarachak prison in Varamin and were hanged early Tuesday morning.

HRANA has been informed that 1,800 prisoners in ward 2 of Qezel Hessar, many of whom are on death row, have now begun a hunger strike.

The prisoners have reportedly refused the prison rations and have also surrendered to guards the food they had purchased personally from the prison store.

A prisoner has told HRANA that these prisoners are demanding review of their cases by the judiciary.

Prisoners' families call for lighter penalties for drug trafficking

The families of prisoners serving sentences for drug trafficking gathered once again in front of Parliament to call for reduced sentences for their kin.

IRNA reports that on Sunday November 25, more than 30 mothers, spouses and children of prisoners staged a sit-in in front of Parliament, calling for the abolition of the death penalty.

Under Islamic Republic law, drug trafficking is punishable by death.

In recent months there has been a surge in the number of executions of Iranian prisoners across the country, and most of the death row prisoners executed have been drug traffickers.

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