Iran Political Prisoners: On Hunger Strike & Dying Among Common Criminals


Washington, DC; December 30, 2015 – Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC-US) calls on the United States and the international human rights organs to help save the lives of 2 political prisoners in Iran.

Political prisoners Afshin Baymany and Arjang Davoodi have been on hunger strike for over 3 weeks to protest their inhumane transfer to a ward in Gohardasht prison which houses common criminals. Iranian government uses such moves as a pressure tactic aimed at eliminating resistance among political prisoners. Mr. Davoudi, 62, suffers from acute renal failure. His deteriorating health condition had prompted prison officials to allow a brief visit to an offsite medical facility in mid December. Having received no treatment, however, he was returned to the ward. Further worsening of his condition necessitated relocation to a hospital on December 26th.

Three weeks of hunger strike have also exacerbated Mr. Baimani’s already poor medical condition. To protest his ill treatment, both his wife and daughter have also gone on hunger strike.

We again reiterate our position that the United States and the U.N. must hold Iranian regime accountable for violating the rights of its citizens, including the above-mentioned encroachments on international human rights laws.

For more information, please contact Dr. Majid Sadeghpour, OIAC-US Political Director

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