Friday , 8 December 2023

Alarm Raised over Health of Jailed Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike

Iranwire – The health of Bahareh Hedayat, an Iranian political prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for 11 days, has deteriorated significantly, her lawyer says. 

The human rights activist is “grappling with severe weakness and heart palpitations” after losing eight kilograms, Zahra Minoui said on X, formerly Twitter.

The lawyer added that Hedayat required the assistance from a prison officer to attend a family meeting on September 10. 

Hedayat began her hunger strike on August 31 to protest the death of Javad Rouhi, a man who was detained during the recent nationwide protests and died under suspicious circumstances while in prison.

Rouhi’s family has urged Hedayat to end her protest action, but she has refused. 

Hedayat has been imprisoned several times in the past for her activism. 

She is currently serving a four-year and eight-month sentence for participating in protest rallies following the downing of a Ukrainian airliner by Iranian forces over Tehran in January 2020.