Saturday , 13 August 2022

IOPHR – Today the European Parliament issued a statement calling for an “urgent action” and for the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release Hengameh Shahidi, a journalist, women’s rights activist and the Advisor to Sheikh Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi in the women’s Affairs.

Ms Shahidi was illegally arrested and imprisoned on the 10th March by the Iranian security forces. To protest her illegal captivity, she is currently on her 26th day of hunger strike and 4th day of dry hunger strike (without food or liquids) and is said to be in a very critical condition.

According to International Organisation to Preserve Human Rights (IOPHR) the Members of the European Parliament in Brussels, issued an urgent statement requesting “urgent action” (based on reports presented by the lawyers of IOPHR defending the rights of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience) and for the immediate and unconditional release Hengameh Shahidi who is currently imprisoned and is in very critical condition.

In their statements the MEPs pointed to the very critical condition of Hengameh Shahidi, who is on her 26th day of a hunger strike, and her recent Will and last testament she wrote in anticipation of her impending death due to her critical condition as result of her hunger strike.

The Last Will and Testament of Hengameh Shahidi:


“I am on my 24th day of hunger strike without food and medicine, and over the last few days, I have stopped drinking altogether which includes even water or tea. I ask everyone to forgive me, wear a white dress and to sing the famous song of Morgh-e Sahar (Bird of the Dawn) for me. I have also written a two-page last Will and Testament, which I have given to my interrogators and have asked them to give it to my family.


Also, as I have not had the opportunity to obtain an organ donation card, if after my death any of my organs can be of a benefit to anyone please donate them. If my body spends its last day in this prison or in a mortuary, then the act of donating my organs falls to the authorities such as the Prosecutor, the Judiciary, and the Ministry of Intelligence or the President.


I have nothing to lose anymore and I have not committed any crimes. If I die, no criminal charges can be levied against me as I have done nothing and therefore, I do not accept any charges. When someone is to be executed on charges of murder, and is sitting on a death row, he/she is always allowed to meet his/her family; but I, not being guilty of any crime, am deprived of even this simple right, as I am not allowed to see my family. Alas, I will no longer even ask to see my family, as I do not think I will be alive much longer.


I can no longer hear anything, and no one is even allowed to attend to me or to see me from the prison’s infirmary. My heart is also not in a good condition and I am no longer capable of walking; I can only move myself by crawling in my prison cell. I do not think I have more than 4 or 5 days to live, and I have already told what I have just shared with you to my interrogators in the Evin Prison.


I simply ask for forgiveness from all my friends and family.


Hengameh Shahidi

1st April 2017”