For political prisoners in Iran, hunger strikes are a method of protest, often the only one available to them. They often list the reasons for their hunger strike, which can include the injustice of various trials, the treatment of family members, and even the conditions of fellow prisoners.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) recently expressed grave concern over the health and security of political prisoners that are on a hunger strike in solitary confinement in Ward 4 of the Gohardasht Prison. They have deemed that the lives of these prisoners are at risk and call on the international community, particularly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur of Human Rights in Iran, to take urgent action to save the lives of these individuals.
The individuals participating in the hunger strike to protest the repressive measures being taken against Ward 4 political prisoners. These prisoners have been banned from any family visits and place under pressure to end their hunger strikes by authorities.
On the morning of July 30, prison officials forcefully transferred these political prisoners to the maximum security hall after beating them. According to a new report, officers took the political prisoners to the courtyard on the pretext that a prisoner had escaped and then transferred them by force into Ward 4, Hall 10. All 53 prisoners that were transferred were staging hunger strikes in protest of actions by the regime.
The health of one of the prisoners required medical attention, but although he was moved to a medical facility, he was ultimately returned to solitary confinement without having received any medical treatment. This happened to Shahin Zoghi-Tabar, the prisoner in question, twice. The state of his health has continued to decline.
Hall 10 of Gohardasht prison in Karaj is an ultra-security hall with 4 closed-circuit cameras and 64 surveillance systems and an advanced control room. According to former political prisoners, this hall is similar to glass solitary cells.
The larger issue is the lack of care these prisoners receive long before they choose to protest through hunger strikes. Medical care is frequently denied, even after the prisoners are transferred to medical facilities. Additionally, the conditions inside the prisoners often lack the most basic necessities, leaving the prisoners without adequate facilities to bath and care for themselves, as well as a lack of food and water. These conditions vary from prison to prison, but the abuse and torture seem to be consistent throughout the Iranian prison system.