Health fears for Iranian political prisoners on hunger strike

Human rights activists have raised concerns about the health of almost 20 Iranian political prisoners who have been on hunger strike for more than a week.

A group of prisoners arrested in the aftermath of Iran‘s 2009 post-election unrest are refusing to eat, and some have stopped drinking water, in protest at the death of two of their fellow inmates, Hoda Saber and Haleh Sahabi.

Saber, 52, a leading journalist, died two weeks ago of a heart attack after 10 days on hunger strike in jail and Sahabi, 54, a women rights activist,died on 1 June during scuffles with security forces at the funeral of her father, Ezatollah Sahabi, a veteran activist. Saber was on hunger strike in protest at the death of Sahabi.

The hunger strikers – who include around 12 prisoners in Tehran’s notorious Evin … >>>

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