Committee of Human Rights Reporters – A CHRR member, former member and four other political prisoners who had launched a hunger strike on July 18, ended their strike after their demands were met.
According to CHRR, Saeed Jalalifar, Saeed Haeri, Reza Shahabi, Soroush Sabet, Fereydoun Seydirad and Vahid Ali Ghalipour went on hunger strike on July 18 after Security agents violently raided the prison ward and subjected the prisoners to an aggressive search while using insulting language. The hunger striking prisoners demanded that Saeed Matinpour – who was transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 240 after the raid – be returned to Evin’s general Ward 350. When after 4 days Saeed Matinpour was returned to Ward 350 and the prisoners’ demands were met, they ended their hunger strike.
Saeed Matinpour, a civil activist and journalist from Azerbaijan, who has been deprived of his legal right to furlough while held behind bars the past 4 years, thanked the 6 political prisoners who stood by his side, went on hunger strike, and demanded his transfer out of solitary confinement.
Saeed Matinpour is civil activist who is a Philosophy major at Tehran University. He was handed an 8-year prison sentence by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati on the charges of “connection with foreign entities,” and “propaganda against the regime.” Even though Matinpour has spent more than half of his prison term behind bars in Evin prison, he has been barred from his legal right to furlough.