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Health fears for jailed activist Saba Kord Afshari on hunger strike

Saba Kord Afshari went on hunger strikeJailed women’s rights activist, Saba Kord Afshari went on hunger strike since May 8, to protest the regime’s increasing pressure on the families of political prisoners, including her mother, Raheleh Ahmadi, who is also in prison.

She demands that her mother be released from Evin Prison.

The imprisoned civil activist called her family members on Saturday to announce that she had started a hunger strike and informed prison officials of her decision.

Saba Kord Afshari has several times suffered stomach ulcer bleeding. So, her hunger strike has caused serious concern for her family. With the start of hunger strike, the civil activist is suffering from severe stomach pain.


 

screenshot massacre iran152 Former U.N. and Human Rights Experts Call for Commission to Investigate 1988 Massacre of Iranian Political Prisoners

(CNS News) -- On May 3, more than 150 former U.N. officials, human rights activists, and legal experts sent an open letter to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting that a "Commission of Inquiry into the 1988 mass extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances" in Iran be established.

The letter notes that the 1988 killings of thousands of political prisoners across Iran, mostly of supporters of the People's Mujahedin of Iran, may have constituted "crimes against humanity."


Labor activists arrested arrested at May Day gathering in TehranIran-HRM, May 1, 2021: Dozens of Iranian workers and labor activists were arrested today in rallies marking International Labor Day in Tehran.

Labor rights activists Asal MohammadiHirad Pirbodaghi, Saeed Malayeri, are among those arrested outside the regime’s Labor Ministry.

Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company has also confirmed the arrest of “dozens” of its members including Reza Shahabi, Hassan Saeedi, Vahid Fereidooni, Nasser Moharramzadeh, Seyyed Rasoul Talebmoghaddam, Mohammad Ali Aslaghi and Asdollah Soleymani.


political prisoner Vahid AfkariIran authorities threaten political prisoner to death if he does not confess

Iran-HRM, May 3, 2021: Iranian authorities have threatened political prisoner Vahid Afkari, brother to executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari, that if he does not “confess” he will be killed.

According to reports, two high-ranking officials met with Vahid Afkari and told him that he should do whatever they asked of him, including confessing to the murder, in order to be released, otherwise he would be executed.

About a month after Navid’s execution, prison officials told political prisoner Vahid Afkari that two high-ranking officials wanted to meet with him. The source said that during the meeting, Vahid Afkari was asked to do whatever they asked him to do, including confessing to a crime or murder, so that he could be released from prison after a year and they would provide living conditions inside or outside the country for him.


Female political prisoners in Iran facing ‘psychological torture’, say campaigners

5017Reports of deteriorating treatment of human rights activists, with an increase in moves to ‘dangerous’ jails often far from families

 The Guardian, April 30, 2021: Female human rights activists imprisoned in Iran face increased jail terms and transfers to prisons with “dangerous and alarming” conditions, hundreds of miles away from their families, according to campaigners.


Warnings of the deteriorating treatment of female prisoners in Iran come days after Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian national who has served a five-year prison sentence in Iran, was sentenced to a further year in jail and a year-long travel ban by the Iranian courts.


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