The Iranian Resistance calls for efforts to save the lives of political prisoners who are on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison in Karaj, west of Tehran.
Mr. Reza Joshan, a political prisoner in Ward 6 of Gohardasht prison who has been on hunger strike since July 21 in protest against intolerable situation and pressure in the prison, was transferred to Gohardasht Prison’s clinic and then to another hospital outside prison on July 26 because of his deteriorating health condition.
Reza Joshan, 25, was arrested on December 1, 2009 because of his brother’s presence in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, and was severely tortured. He has been under enormous pressure and persecution by the regime’s henchmen to accept to write an amnesty plea from the regime’s Supreme Leader. That includes his transfer to Ward 6 of Gohardasht Prison where dangerous offenders and ordinary prisoners are kept. He has been barred from visiting his family during this period. He has not been allowed to have family visits during this period. Mrs. Zahra Assadpour Gorji (Joshan), Reza’s mother, who was arrested a week after him for the second time, now is in the women’s ward of Gohardasht Prison. She had previously been jailed for 16 months for seeing her son in Ashraf. His father and sister had been arrested prior to that for the same charge.
Meanwhile the health of Khalid Hardani, a political prisoner in Ward 4 of the Gohardasht Prison, who has also been on hunger strike since Thursday July 22 to protest the attacks and pressures exerted by the regime’s henchmen and agents, has been deteriorating.
Mr. Arjang Davoudi, a political prisoner from Ward 3 of Gohardasht prison is kept with dangerous inmates. His health is also deteriorating after two weeks of hunger strike. He has been subjected to torture and many kinds of pressure since November 2003 in Evin, Bandar Abbas and Gohardasht prisons.
The Iranian Resistance warns about the lives of hunger striking political prisoners and calls on all international authorities and human rights organizations, particularly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and special rapporteurs on arbitrary arrests and torture at the UN, to adopt urgent measures to investigate the situation of hunger striking political prisoner.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 28, 2010