Tehran, Iran, Sep. 11 – Two
more political prisoners have joined fellow prisoners in a hunger strike
inside one of Iran’s most
and Hojjat Zamani
started a hunger strike on Thursday, joining fellow prisoners Bina Darabzand and Behrooz Javid Tehrani. Together they have formed the “Hunger Strike
in Raja’i-Shahr Prison Committee”.
Two of the political prisoners, Zamani and Tehrani, had previously been transferred to and
continue to be held at the dangerous and violent criminals’ ward of Raja’i-Shahr Prison, where convicted murderers and
rapists are held.
Hojjat Zamani, 29, has
been imprisoned in Tehran since the year
2000 and was sentenced to death for being a member of the main Iranian
opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK).
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 a protest by relatives of political prisoners,
who were demanding UN intervention to stop torture of their loved ones in
The hunger-strikers’ demands include the transfer of Zamani
and Tehrani back to the political prisoners’ ward
and for the human rights of all political prisoners to be respected.