Hunger strike in Tehran prison from a British and Iranian prisoner

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Two jailed activists, Narges Mohammadi an Iranian and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, are planning to go on a joint hunger strike in Evin Prison in Tehran. They are protesting after the prison has repeatedly denied them medical attention.

The two women want immediate action from responsible authorities and have written a joint letter describing the foul treatment in the prison.

Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year prison sentence after she was arrested in 2016 and charged with espionage. Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe case is a key cause of the diplomatic rift reported between Tehran and London. Ms. Mohammadi has been in and out of prison since 1998 and is serving ten years in prison after an arrest in 2015. She is charged with running an illegal group, the Defenders of Human Rights Center.

Ms. Mohammadi is suffering from a disease that affects her muscles making her lose control of them. Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe suffers from depression, has blocked lumps in her breasts, and also experiences numbness in her legs and arms plus neck pains.

Both women have been denied access to outside medical care despite permission from the prison doctor. Denial of medical care for prisoners is against both Iranian and international laws.

“These are all being personally blocked by the head of Evin clinic, Mr. Khani, despite having been approved by the prison doctor.”

In the joint letter, the two women are threatening further actions if authorities ignore their pleas. They say that the Iranian regime will be fully responsible for the consequences that may follow.

Ms. Mohammadi and Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe have announced to go on the hunger strike between January 14 and January 16.