Human Rights House of Iran – Incarcerated trade union activist Reza Shahabi has been on hunger strike for over 2 weeks with no information about his condition.
Reza Shahabi is an employee and union member who has spent almost 19 months behind bars in Evin prison. He embarked on a hunger strike to protest being held with an unknown circumstance.
With the passing of 2 weeks since his hunger strike, his sister Zahra Shahabi expressed her worry for her brother’s physical condition in an interview with BBC Farsi. She said, “We were able to contact my brother by phone on December 4th, 2011 but he spoke with great difficulty and was in very poor health. The medical authorities have said that my brother is in need of surgery.”
Even though 5 months have gone by since her brother’s last court session, Mrs. Shahabi’s efforts to obtain any information about his situation form those in charge have been futile.
Labor activist Reza Shahabi was arrested on July 2010 and according to his sister the charge against him stems from “contacts with foreigners.”
Human Rights House of Iran