Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Labor activist Reza Shahabi held in Rajai Shahr prison has lost 15 kilograms and lost consciousness several times in the past days while he continues his hunger strike that has now exceeded 37 days.
CHRR reports that according to the Committee to Defend Reza Shahabi, the labor activist has severe fluctuations in his blood pressure prompting his transfer by his cellmates to the prison infirmary several times. But Shahabi refused to have a serum administered at the infirmary and his health is plummeting at an alarming rate.
Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist and board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed) was already in poor health before he launched his hunger strike in prison. The left side of his body was paralyzed and physicians had requested an immediate disc and spinal surgery.
At the same time Reza Shahabi’s family has on numerous occasions gone to the Tehran Prosecutor’s office (mr. Khodabakhsh) to request an order to perform surgery but never received an answer. In light of being ignored by mr. Khodabkhsh, Reza Shahabi’s family has threatened to also go on hunger strike in protest.
Mr. Shahabi went on hunger strike on June 1st when he was illegally transferred from Evin prison to Rajai Shahr prison. In a letter to the Tehran Prosecutor Shahabi criticized the sub-standard conditions in Rajai Shahr prison and also stated his demands for ending his hunger strike as follows:
1- be returned to Evin prison Ward 350
2- be granted sick leave for medical treatment and disc operation
3- implementation of Article 134 of the new Islamic Penal Code
4- enforcement of legal medical furlough
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Shiva Nazarahari, human rights activist, founder and former head of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, returned to Evin prison today May 2, 2013.
According to CHRR, Nazarahari who had not requested prison leave was arbitrarily granted a second furlough on May 1st (mother’s day). She was contacted by personnel from the judicial authority and required to present herself back at Evin prison today.
This member of CHRR was first granted temporary release on March 13 for the Nowruz holidays after enduring 184 days behind bars without furlough. She returned to Evin prison after one month.
On December 20, 2009, Shiva Nazarahri was arrested while she was on a bus with other activists intending to attend the funeral of the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. She was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her prison sentence on September 8, 2012.
In the past days, a number of political prisoners who had been on furlough were summoned back to prison. Bahare Hedayat, women’s and student rights activist turned herself in at Evin prison to serve the remaining of her 9.5-year prison sentence. Journalists Masoud Bastani and Bahman Amouie were summoned back to Rajai Shahr prison and ordered to present themselves at the facility tomorrow. Both of their spouses, journalists Mahsa Amrabadi and Jila Baniyaghoub are held behind bars at Evin prison.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that all political prisoners who were on furlough have been summoned to return to prison. Ahmad Zeidabadi and Mehdi Mahmoudian are among those handed a summons by the judiciary with an order to return to prison in the next few days.
Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison
شیوا نظر آهاری به زندان اوین بازگشت