18 Hunger Strikers: 12 political prisoners in Evin and 6 political prisoners in Rejaei Shahr
site reports 6 political prisoners in Rejaei Shahr prison have announced they will start a hunger strike as of today June 23, 2011 in solidarity with the 12 political prisoners who went on a hunger strike last week.
The twelve prisoners in Evin started a hunger strike on Saturday June 18 as a sign of protest to the death of Hoda Saber, the journalist who died on hunger strike and the death of Halleh Sahabi who while out on furlough to attend her father’s funeral was assaulted at the funeral by regime thugs and died as a result.
The six that have joined in the hunger strike are:
1- ISSA SAHARKHIZ
Journalist Issa Saharkhiz was violently arrest July 3, 2009 during which he suffered broken ribs. Saharkhiz was placed in solitary confinement and his broken ribs never treated.
Issa Saharkhiz was under severe pressure to give false confession. He was the victim of severe beatings and suffered injures multiple times.
Saharkhiz was one of the “Evin 17” hunger strikers in fall of 2010. He also went on a hunger strike in Rejaei Shahr prison this spring.
Saharkhiz was tried and sentenced to 3 years in prison. During his trial, Saharkhiz did not present a defense, instead he filed a complaint against the State Officials.
2- KAYVAN SAMMIMI
Journalist and activist Kayvan Samimi was arrested June 13, 2009 the day after the rigged presidential election. Samimi endured much pressure during his interrogation period to give false confession which he refused.
Samimi a member of the National Peace Council, the Committee against Arbitrary Detentions, the Committee in Defense of Citizens’ Rights and the Right to Education Council.
Samimi was tried and sentenced to 6 years in prison and life time ban on any and all political activities.
He was charged with and convicted of propagating against the regime and conspiracy against national security. The indictment also included charges such as participating in post-election protests and issuing statements questioning the validity of election results.
3- MASOUD BASTANI
Journalist Masoud Bastani was arrested August 5, 2009 at the Court building where he had gone to find information about his than imprisoned journalist wife Mahsa Amrabadi.
Masoud was placed in solitary confinement after his arrest. He endured sever pressure and torture to give falls confession. He was tried in the post-election show trials and sentenced to 6 years in prison on charges of propaganda against the regime and conspiring to create chaos.
4- ALI AJAMI
Student activist and Tehran university School of Law student Ali Ajami was arrested February 9, 2010. He was in the Intelligence Ministry ward 209 for one hundred days before being moved to public ward 350 in Evin. Ajami was later transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison.
Ali Ajami was tried and sentenced to 4 years on charges propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime and conspiracy to act against the regime.
5- JAFAR EGHDAMI
Human rights activist Jaffar Eghdami was arrested July 31, 2008. Eghdami was one of “Evin 17” who went on a hunger strike in fall of 2010.
Eghdami was tried and sentenced by Lower Court to 5 years in prison. The Appeals Court overturned his sentence and increased it to 10 years in prison.
6- HESHMATOLLAH TABARZADI
Political activist and Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Iran Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was arrested on December 28, 2009 and was placed in solitary confinement in Evin 209.
Tabarzadi was later transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison. He was tried and sentenced to 9 years in prison and 74 lashes.
The Twelve Hunger Strikers in Evin:
Following are the 12 political prisoners who are currently on hunger strike in Evin prison. Emad Baghi and Mohamad Javad Mozafar who were part of the original 12 that started the hunger strike on June 18 have been released since. Two other prisoners have joined in the hunger strike in Evin to replace them.
Baghi was released after finishing his prison term and Mozafar was released on furlough to attend his mother’s funeral.
1- MEHDI KARIMIYAN EGHBAL
Participation Front Member Mehdi Karimiyan Eghbal was arrested November 2009. He underwent harsh interrogations and psychological torture. Eghbal was tried and sentenced to 4 years in prison.
2- ABDOLLAH MOMENI
Advare Tahkim Vahdat (Alumni Association) Spokesman, Abdollah Momeni was violently arrested shortly after the 2009 rigged presidential election. He was beaten and bloodied during his arrest which included use of teargas by the arresting agents. Momeni was incommunicado for over 100 days after his arrest. Momeni was severely tortured by interrogators to force him to give false confession which he never agreed to do.
Momeni wrote a letter to Supreme Leader Khamenei detailing the horrific torture methods used to force him give false confession. He was kept in solitary confinement in a tomb-like cell. In his letter he spoke of severe beatings, long periods of sleep deprivation, his head forced down a dirty feces filled toilet and more.
Momeni was tried in the post-election show trials and was sentenced to 8 years in prison for participating in post election gatherings and actions against the national security.
Momeni was one of the 17 political prisoners who went on a hunger strike in 2010.
3- EMAD BAHAVAR
Student activist and member of Iranian Freedom Movement, Emad Bahavar was initially arrested May 28, 2009. He was rearrested and released on bail two more time until he was arrested March 13, 2010 for the fourth time. Bahavar spent time in solitary confinement under heavy pressure by the interrogators to make televised false confession.
Bahavar was tried and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years ban on any and all media and political activities. He was charged and convicted on “Gathering to disturb the national security and propaganda against the regime”.
4- MOHAMMAD DAVARI
Journalist, civil activist and member of the Teachers Trade Union Mohammad Davari was arrested in a raid of Etemad-Meli party offices September 9, 2009. At the time of his arrest, Davari was editor-in-chief of Saham News. Davari was arrested as a result of his work with Green leader Mehdi Karroubi on gathering information on rape and torture in Iranian prisons.
Davari was under extreme pressure and torture to deny charges of post-election detainees rape brought up by Mehdi Karroubi.
Davari suffers from multitude of health problems due to harsh conditions and tortures he was under to give false confession. He was tried and sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges of conspiracy to act against the national security.
5- FEIZOLLAH ARAB-SORKHI
Member of the Reformist party Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization, Feizollah Arab-Sorkhi was arrested July 7, 2009. Arab-Sorkhi was tried and convicted of actions against the national security and propaganda against the regime.
6- ABOLFAZL GHADYANI
Member of the Reformist party Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization, Abolfazl Ghadyani was arrested December 28, 2009. He was tried and convicted on charges of propaganda against the regime and insulting the president and was sentenced to 1 year in prison and monetary fines.
7- MOHAMAD REZA MOGHAYSEH
Head of committee to investigate and follow-up on detainees and victims of post 2009 presidential election, formed by Mir Housein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. He was arrested by Intelligence Ministry agents September of 2009 for his work on the investigative committee and for gathering information on post-election victims who were buried in unknown graves. Moghayseh is sentenced to 6 years in prison.
8- HASSAN ASADI-ZEIDABADI
Student activist Hassan Asadi-Zeidabadi was arrested December 6, 2009. He was later released on bail but
rearrested August 23, 2010.
He was tried and sentenced to 5 years in prison, convicted on charges of “Conspiracy and assembly to act against national security, anti regime propaganda, insulting the president, participating in illegal gathering and disturbing the public”.
9- AMIR-KHOSRO DALIRSANI
National and religious activist Amir-Khosro Dalirsani is sentenced to 4 years in prison for assembly and conspiracy to commit acts against the national security. Dalirsani went on a hunger strike along with Hoda Saber to protest the death of Haleh Sahabi during her father’s funeral.
10- BAHMAN AHMADI AMOUEI
Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouei was arrested along with his journalist wife at their residence June 20, 2009. His wife was released on bail some months later. Bahman Amouei was held in solitary confinement for months before being transferred to ward 350. Amouei was one of the 17 political prisoners who went on hunger strike in 2010.
Amouei was arrested once before during a women’s assembly in 7-Tir square on June 12, 2006 and was sentenced to 6 months of suspended imprisonment. Amouei is currently serving a 5 year sentence.
11- GHORBAN BEHZADIAN-NEJAD
Mousavi advisor and head of his 2009 presidential campaign Ghorban Behzadian-Nejad was arrested December 28, 2009 and was detained in solitary confinement for 74 days before he was allowed a visit by his family. Behzadian-Nejad is sentenced to 5 years in prison. He also was fired from his university teaching job.
12- MOHSEN AMINZADEH
Former Deputy Foreign Minister and a senior member of the Participation Front, and head of reformists’ coalition staff during the 10th presidential election. Mohsen Aminzadeh was arrested June 16, 2009.
Aminzadeh was tried and sentenced to 6 years in prison by Lower Court. The Appeals Court overturned the initial sentence and gave him 5 years in prison.
Aminzadeh was convicted of propaganda against the system and collusion and conspiracy to disrupt the national security.