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Hunger strike of political prisoners in Iran 2021

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Hunger strike of political prisoners in Iran
Native name Three-day strike in Iranian prison
DateFrom March 21 to 24
DurationThree-day
VenueEvin Prison
Fashafouyeh Prison
Adelabad Prison
TypeHunger strike
CausePeaceful civil protest
Participants34 Prisoner

Hunger strike of political prisoners in Iran 2021, a group of 34 political prisoners from three prisons in Iran launched a 3-day hunger strike to mark Nowruz, the Iranian New Year in 21 March 2021. Their statement protested oppression and was dedicated to freedom and human rights. Among these prisoners were prominent figures such as Keyvan Samimi, Amirsalar Davoudi and Kasra Nouri.[1]

Statement[edit]

Their statement protests “the deadly violence of poverty, repression, and the suffocation and killing of ethnic and religious minorities.” They honor those killed during the Nov 2019 Iran Protests and all those who sacrificed their lives for the wellbeing and freedom of Iran.[2] The signatories paid special respect to "our leaders Navid Afkari, Mostafa Salehi, Mohammad Salas" and thousands of others who stood for the lives of their people and gave their lives in turn.

They also saluted Behnam Mahjoubi, a Gonabadi Dervish political prisoner and other ill prisoners who "melted like candles behind bars" amidst repression, torture, and the denial of medical care.

At the end of the statement, the prisoners emphasized that forced transfers of prisoners, solitary confinement, and many other unjust oppressions did not allow for many other signatories to take part in the statement or Nowruz hunger strike.[3]

The letter, signed by prisoners of conscience currently held in Evin and Fashafouyeh Prisons in Tehran, and Adelabad Prison in Shiraz, directly addresses the Iranian people. "As a tribute to our joint pain and struggle for freedom, democracy, the elimination of discrimination and inequality, and the realization of human rights,” they wrote, “we will go on a hunger strike for three days from the morning of the first day of the 15th century."[4]

Signatories of the statement[edit]

The names of the hunger strikers are: Saeed Eghbali, Sina Beheshti, Peyman Pourdad, Moein Hajizadeh, Hossein Jandaghian, Arash Khazali, Amir Salar Davoudi, Mostafa Khosrobabadi, Farzin Rezaei Rowshan,Mehran Soroush, Abbas Sohani, Pouria Shahrabi Tofigh, Keyvan Samimi, Karim Aziz Mohammadi, Mahmoud Alinaghi, Abolfazl Ghesali, Parsa Golshani, Amir Hossein Mirkhalili, Abdolrasul Mortazavi, Shahab-ol-din Nazari, Behzad Homayouni, Ahmad Yazdani, Kasra Nouri, Mohammad Sharifi Moghaddam, Kianush Abbaszadeh, Mohammad Davari, Sajjad Zareh, Alieh Matalebzadeh, Hadith Sabouri, Rezvaneh Ahmad Khanbeigi, Zeinab Hamrang, Shakilah Monfared, Ghiti Pourfazel[5]

See also[edit]

  • List of hunger strikes

References[edit]

  1. "28 Iranian Political Prisoners on Nowruz Hunger Strike". iranwire. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Political Prisoners In Iran Go On Hunger Strike As Pressure Mounts On Inmates". iranintl. 21 March 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Political Prisoners In Iran Go On Hunger Strike As Pressure Mounts". VOA. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "28 Iranian Political Prisoners on Nowruz Hunger Strike". iranwire. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Political Prisoners In Iran Go On Hunger Strike". BBC. 20 March 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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