Kaleme – Ten political prisoners who have been held in solitary confinement in Ward 240 of Evin prison have started a hunger strike in protest of the prison officials’ refusal to transfer them back to the public ward of the facility.
According to the Kaleme website, Saeed Madani, Abdollah Momeni, Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, Siyamak Ghadri, Amir Khosro Dalirsani, Mohammad Hassan Yousefpouseifi, Saeed Abedini, Kamran Ayazi, Mohammad Ebrahimi, and Pouriya Ebrahimi have launched a hunger strike, demanding to be transferred back to Ward 350 of Evin prison.
Reports indicate that the ten prisoners are completely isolated and deprived of their right to daily fresh air. Their families were banned from visitation on Monday, prompting another prisoner, Mohammad Amin Hadavi, to refuse visitation in protest.
Per this report, a number of the prisoners held in solitary confinement are suffering with health issues, which are exasperated by being on hunger strike. Saeed Madani is in need of gallbladder surgery; Abdollah Momeni is inflicted with kidney and gum disease; Abolfazl Abedini Nasr suffers from kidney and coronary issues; Saeed Abedini is inflicted with a digestive disease; Mohammad Ebrahimi is inflicted with lung disease.
The ten political prisoners, who were transferred to solitary confinement on April 28, 2013 after they protested the illegal behavior of prison authorities, are kept in the same condition, under continued pressure after about 10 days.
Javad Momeni, Deputy Warden of Evin prison, has threatened the hunger-striking prisoners and judicial authorities told prisoner Abdollah Momeni’s wife that the prisoners would be held in solitary confinement for at least 20 days.
The Deputy Warden of Evin prison, Javad Momeni, has been accused of conspiring with Makian, the contractor of the prison store. Makian who was said to engage in rude demeaning behavior towards the prisoners, has reportedly been arrested for financial irregularities.