Iran’s Political Prisoners Use Hunger Strikes to Gain International Attention

For years, political prisoners have used hunger strikes to shed light on the issues of the Iranian people, particularly those imprisoned for speaking out and expressing a different political viewpoint from the mullahs and their fundamentalist regime.

One political prisoner is showing support for his fellow political prisoners who have opted to go on a hunger strike. Ali Moezi wrote, “From the point of view of a conscious element, giving in to the repressive systems and living a life of inaction is nothing but a humiliated treacherous life. Real life is in response to the need of our time and calls for resistance and sustainability. What has now pushed the regime of suppression to put pressure on the political prisoners in Gohardasht three years after the bloody raid on Ward 350 of Evin prison and forcefully dispersing the political prisoners there?…The political prisoners in Gohardasht prison…have been on hunger strike to protest their forceful displacement after long infringement of their rights and restrictions imposed on them.”

The prisoners that he referenced are 17 prisoners who have suffered through some horrific circumstances at the hands of the authorities of prison system in Iran. They are protesting being transferred to Section 10, which is equipped with 40 cameras and six listening devices in each cell.

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They were originally in Sectionk 12, but on July 30, the head of Rajaie Shahr Prison, along with special masked guards attacked Section 12 and destroyed all the prisoners’ belongings. In Section 10, the prisoners are being monitoring constantly. Some have been denied medications, putting their health at risk. One prisoner died while visiting with his family.

These prisoners are suffering intense abuse, as their basic human rights are being trampled. These hunger strikes do not go on indefinitely, as the prisoners eventually weaken and need to end their strikes. One cleric ended his strike after being transferred to a hospital for medical attention. He did achieve some of his demands, but these victories are small in nature compared to the larger picture of this repressive society as enforced by the mullahs and their security forces.

For the regime, the issue is to suppress any attempts to create regime change, but the ones paying the cost of this suppression are the Iranian people. They pay with their basic freedoms of speech, press, and even the freedom to dress as you wish. It is clear that the regime will not change, but the Iranian people need to be willing to call them to account and create real democratic change.

About Siavosh Hosseini (280 Articles)
My background is in the visual arts, particularly in photojournalism. I have had the opportunity to cover scores of international artistic and news events in the US and across Europe since the mid-1980s. I was active in television newsrooms and production as a graphic designer and producer for more than 12 years in different television and news outfits in Europe.

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