It is being reported that 15 of the hunger strikers have ended their hunger strike. Only journalist Kayvan Samimi has said he will remain on hunger strike until they are moved out of solitary.
Monday August 9th, 2010 – Summary: In a message addressed to the nation of Iran the political prisoners stated: “We will continue to insist on our human rights and the basic rights of all prisoners. We pledge to continue to fight until all prisoners who are part of our beloved nation gain access to their full legal rights.”
According to Kaleme, after receiving numerous messages from fellow Greens, political and civil activists and individuals concerned for their well being, 15 political prisoners at Evin prison, have finally ended their hunger strike after 16 days.
The following message short message, addressed by the political prisoners on hunger strike to the nation of Iran was provided by an anonymous Green supporter to Kaleme:
We will continue to insist on our human rights and the basic rights of all prisoners. We pledge to continue to fight until all prisoners who are part of our beloved nation gain access to their full legal rights.
In honor of our great fellow Green Mir Hossein Mousavi and the other figures in the movement such as Mehdi Karroubi, Ayatollah Bayat Zanjani, Zahra Rahavard, Abdollah Nouri, Ezatallah Sahabi, Ahmad Sadr Haj Seyed Javadi, Habiballah Peyman, Ebrahmin Yazdi and others, including every single fellow Green, we will put an end to our 16 day hunger strike.
We are hopeful that the Tehran Prosecutor and other officials at the judiciary keep their promise of meeting our five demands. We accept the release of Babak Bordbar as a sign of Tehran prosecutor’s determination to implement our four other legal and legitimate demands. It is our sincere hope that as indicated by the representatives at the prosecutor’s office, in addition to legal ramifications for those prison officials who have abused and insulted the prisoners, that the prisoners rights as described in the Prison Regulations are adhered to and implemented as soon as possible.
We are forever grateful to the leaders of the Green movement, the political parties, media outlets, political and civil activists, students, journalists, an all those inside and outside the country who have been the voice to the outside world for us and our struggling families.
August 9th, 2010
Evin Prison Ward 240
Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike
According to Kaleme, Mir Hossein Mousavi in a previous statement addressed to the prisoners of conscience on hunger strike had said:
“To the beloved of our nation and the pioneers of the Green movement. Now that your message and your families’ struggle has spread across the globe and within the country, the nation is concerned about your health as the Green assets of our country. We urge all of you to end your hunger strike. We call on prison officials to respect the rights of all prisoners based on existing, albeit flawed rules and regulations and to refrain from further tarnishing our country’s reputation in the eyes of the nations of the world.”
In a message addressed to the political prisoners on hunger strike earlier this week, Mehdi Karroubi also wrote:
“I am extremely concerned about the long term effects of this type of hunger strike on the health of the prisoners. I ask my children to put an end to their hunger strike and call upon the authorities to attend to their demands.”
Habiballah Peyman, Ezatallah Sahabi, Ahmad Sadr Haj Seyed Javadi, and Ebrahim Yazdi also published statements requesting that the protesters end their hunger strike.
Ali Malihi, student activist and member of Daftar-e Tahkim Vahdat (student alumni organization), Bahman Ahmad Amouie, journalist, Hossein Nourinejad, journalist and member of the Participation Front (reformist party), Abdollah Momeni, student activist and spokesperson for Daftar-e Tahkim Vahdat, Ali Parviz, student activist, Hamid Reza Mohammadi, political activist, Jafar Eghdami, civil society activist, Babak Bordbar, photo journalist, Zia Nabavi, starred student and member of the Council to Defend the Right to Education, Ebrahim (Nader) Babaie, civil society activist and an injured veteran of the Iran-Iraq war, Kouhyar Goodarzi, human rights activist and blogger, Majid Dorri, student activist, Majid Tavakoli, student activist, Keyvan Samimi, journalist, Gholamhossein Arashi, Mohammad Hossein Sohrabi Rad and Peyman Karimi Azad arrested during an Ashura protest in Tehran were amongst the prisoners transferred to solitary confinement and on a hunger strike for two weeks. Of the above mentioned prisoners, Bahman Ahmadi Amouei, Keyvan Samimi and Majid Tavakoli had been on a dry (no food and water) hunger strike from the second week.
At the time this report was published, Keyvan Samimi had NOT ended his hunger strike, stating that he will continue to fast until the other 15 political prisoners are transferred from solitary confinement to the general ward at Evin. Keyvan Samimi has promised to end his hunger strike as soon as his 15 prison mates who have ended their hunger strike are transferred back to Evin’s ward 350. In solidarity with his prison mates, starting today, Samimi has switched from a dry to a wet hunger strike (no food).
Translation by: Negar Irani