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More than 700 inmates on hunger strike in NW Iran prison

Urmia Central Prison
Urmia Central Prison

Reported by PMOI/MEK

 

Iran, October 11, 2018 - According to credible reports from Urmia Central Prison in northwest Iran, over 700 inmates in ward 15 launched a hunger strike following the suicide of one of their cellmates.

Mohammad Ahupa, from the village of Karib Abad located near Urmia, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for drug-related charges. He had served eight years of his time in Urmia Central Prison.

On Wednesday, when the prison warden was conducting an inspection of ward 15, Ahupa requested furlough to be able to see his family. He had made this request several times during the past eight years, only to be turned down each and every time. The prison warden denied his request once again on Wednesday.

Suffering from extreme pressure and despair, Ahupa hanged himself at 6:30 pm local time on Wednesday.

Following this incident, prison authorities sought to cover-up their inhumane pressures and oppressive nature with the prisoners. Prison guards placed one gram of narcotics on Ahupa’s bed and thus claim he had committed suicide, hanging himself under the influence of drugs.

The prisoners have been protesting since early Thursday morning, expressing their anger over the prison’s conditions, the warden’s pressures and his mafia-like measures. These prisoners, numbered at over 700, are currently on hunger strike.

It is worth noting that Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi sent a message on Wednesday, marking World Day Against the Death Penalty, referring to the 120,000 executions carried out by the Iranian regime.

 

Excerpts:

Their deaths are an everlasting disgrace for the mullahs who have built the pillars of their rule on blood.
As in the previous years, thousands of people are also lingering in Khamenei’s prisons across the country on the death-row, their lives being enchained as part of the society.
The death penalty is a tool for terrorizing the society and a significant instrument for preserving the regime. Both factions benefit from such endless savagery to prolong the regime’s rule. 
I urge the world’s governments to stop their political and economic relations with the Iranian regime unless the regime ends torture and executions of prisoners and abandons its involvement in terrorism.

 

 

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