Tehran, Iran, Aug. 04 – A political prisoner
who has launched a one-week-long hunger strike in solidarity for jailed
journalist Akbar Ganji
has been refused visitation rights for a week, a rights group in defence of political prisoners said on Thursday.
Bina Darabzand, currently
in Rajai-Shahr Prison, announced that he would go
on hunger strike for a week to support Ganji who is
presently in a critical situation at hospital on day 54 of a hunger strike in
protest to his detention.
The group also warned of the failing health of another political prisoner, Manouchehr Mohammadi, currently
on day 24 of a hunger strike in the notorious Evin
Prison. He has refused to take sugar cubes since Saturday.
The Student Committee in Defence of Political
Prisoners said prison officials have suspended Darabzand
from meeting in prison with his relatives for a period of the seven days.
Darabzand, 46, was sentenced to three-and-a-half
years in prison for “demonstrating illegally” outside the United Nations
building in Tehran in August 2004. He had taken part in an
anti-government protest by relatives of political prisoners.
Since his transfer to Rajai-Shahr Prison, he has
only been allowed to see his relatives for a total of 15 minutes.
relatives protested outside Evin Prison on Thursday
morning, demanding his release.