53 political prisoners, who are all rights activists, were beaten up and transferred to the high-security Ward 10. These prisoners are deprived of clean drinking water, fresh air and their medication. They are on hunger strike since 30 July.
On 30 July 2017, the prison authorities in Rajaishahr prison in Iran raided the ward 12 in this prison and transferred 53 prisoners to the infamous ward 10 without any explanation. The guard did not let the prisoners to take their personal belonging including their medication. Following the transfer, 24 prisoners went on hunger strike in protest to this brutal treatment. Later on five prisoners had to end their strike due to their critical illnesses. The main demands of the prisoners are as follow:
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Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, labour and children rights activist was released from prison in Iran on 1st may 2017 after spending seven years in prison.
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is a well-known labour activist who was arrested in 2010. Behnam was a member of the Committee to Pursue the Establishment of Workers’ Organizations in Iran and a member of The Society for the Protection of Child and Street Workers.
He was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison which was then reduced to five years. While Behnam was serving the last year of his five years sentence, he was re-sentenced, based on fabricated charges, and was then sentenced to 9 years and 4 months which was then reduced to seven years, 10 months and 15 days in prison. In Behnam’s first trial, his lawyer was not allowed to speak, and on the second trial he was not allowed to attend. Behnam was threatened by the authority that he will be put on trial for the third time in 2017. Read the rest of this entry