Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Elmira (Farah) Vazehan, behind bars at Evin prison who had launched a hunger strike on October 5, 2012, has broken her hunger strike and was transferred out of Evin to receive medical attention.
This political prisoner who is stricken with cancer had launched a hunger strike in protest of being returned to prison on September 19, 2012 despite her pressing need for medical attention. After 10 days of being on hunger strike, prison officials finally agreed to release Mrs.Varzehan on furlough in order for her to be seen by medical specialists.
Mrs. Vazehan who is inflicted with a heart condition in addition to cancer was not allowed to go to the hospital to undergo an operation that had been scheduled for October 2, 2012. Despite her deteriorating health, Mrs. Varzehan had to resort to launching a hunger strike as a last resort due to being denied needed medical care.
Elmira (Farah) Vazehan had travelled to Iran after years of living abroad to visit her 18-year-old cancer stricken daughter. She was arrested at her home along with her husband and 2 children on December 29, 2009, days after the Ashura uprising when mass protests were taking place against the contested presidential elections of that year. On August 4th 2010, Vazehan was charged with taking part in illegal protests and “moharebeh” (enmity against god) and was sentenced to death by Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. The appellate court later commuted her death sentence to a 17-year prison sentence.