Wednesday , 12 June 2024

Imprisoned Without Trial, Two Iranian Women Start Hunger Strike

Iranwire – Two women have begun a hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison to protest their prolonged detention without trial and harsh treatment by authorities.

Two women have begun a hunger strike in Tehran's Evin Prison to protest their prolonged detention without trial and harsh treatment by authorities

One of the women, Varisheh Moradi, initially detained in Sanandaj on August 1, 2023, was transferred to Evin Prison. She was held incommunicado in Ward 209, a section controlled by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. 

After a four-month interrogation period, she was moved to the general Women’s Ward in December 2023. 

However, on May 14, Moradi was abruptly transferred back to Ward 209 and banned from contacting her family by Judge Abolqasem Salavati, according to the HRANA human rights website. 

The other prisoner, Pakhshan Azizi, a resident of Mahabad, was arrested in Tehran on August 4, 2023. Like Moradi, Azizi was held in Ward 209 for four months before being transferred to the Women’s Ward. 

Both women face charges related to political activities. 

Moradi is charged with “armed rebellion,” while Azizi is accused of “membership in anti-regime groups.” 

However, neither has had a proper court hearing due to unspecified reasons.

A source close to the families told HRANA that the hunger strike is a last resort in response to the deteriorating conditions of their detention. 

The source expressed concern for Moradi and Azizi’s health and well-being, highlighting the lack of transparency surrounding their cases and the ongoing delays in their legal proceedings.

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