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Two prisoners were hanged on Saturday, August 10, in the central prison of Mashhad, the state-run Khorasan daily reported Sunday. The state media did not identiry the victims by name but it said they will publish the full report in following days.
In another development last Wednesday, five more prisoners were hanged in the notorious Rajai Shahr Prison, in Karaj.
These prisoners, along with a number of other prisoners, had been moved to the solitary confinement prior to their executions.
The regime later returned some of these prisoners back to their cells. The regime usually moves prisoners who are listed to be hanged soon, to solitary confinement where they have to count minutes and hours to have a hangman taking them to the gallows.
The Iranian regime hanged 39 prisoners in July alone. Four were women and there was one public hanging.
The executions took place in the prisons of Birjand, Ghohardasht, Karaj, Kashan, Khondab, Mahshahar, Kelardasht, Orumeh, Noor, Mashhad,
The Iranian political prisoners, held on horrific condition have no choice but going on hunger strike and risk their own health to convey their voice to the outside world.
These hunger strikes highlight the fact that Iranian regime has remained indifferent to human suffering as it ever has been.
There is desperate need for international inquiries into the grim condition of political prisoners in Iran.
Here are some instances of political prisoners or prisoners of conscience who has gone on hunger strike as the only alternative to fighting for their rights.
Mass Hunger Strike Launched in Evin Prison
In an open letter calling on the people of Iran to support their demands, six political prisoners in Ward 4 of Tehran’s Evin Prison have announced that they’ve gone on hunger strike to protest the judiciary’s treatment of political prisoners.
A prisoner held at Urmia Central Prison, northwest Iran, died on 8 July as a result of the prison authorities’ medical negligence.
Ashkan Mehrivash passed away on Monday, 8 July, because the prison’s defibrillator was not working.
Ashkan, detained in Ward 15 of Urmia Prison, was taken to the prison clinic after suffering a heart attack.
Despite this, prison officials have reported his cause of death as a “drug overdose”.
According to Iranian human rights groups, one of the prison guards protested the official report and said that prison officials were blaming their medical negligence on the prisoner.
This is not the first time that a prisoner dies as a result of medical negligence in Iranian state custody. Despite this, officials have not taken any substantial measures to prevent these kinds of deaths.
The State Prisons Organization and the judiciary are responsible for keeping prisoners safe but to date no organization or individual has been held responsible for the deaths.
Iran’s prisons are notoriously harsh. Prisoners are usually held in overcrowded, unsanitary and poorly ventilated conditions. This, combined with the denial of adequate medical care, often exacerbates prisoners’ pre-existing medical problems or contributes to new problems, causing irreparable damage to their health.