Three Kurdish political are keeping on their hunger strike at Orumiyeh, Yazd and Saqqez prisons, various sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).
Political prisoners Hassan Rastgari Majd, Ghader Mohammad Zadeh, and Eghbal Zarei have continued their hunger strike in three different cities.
Eghbal Zarei, a Kurdish political prisoner held at Saqqez Prison, has been on a hunger strike since October 16 in protest to the rejection of his parole request. His conditional release was previously approved by the Saqqez Prosecutor’s Office and Prosecution Classification Council.
Zarei sentenced to five years of imprisonment on charges of “cooperation with the Democratic Party of Kurdistan”. This sentence was eventually reduced to three years and nine months in prison per the law of ‘Submission to the Verdict’.
Eghbal Zarei has been denied leave since his arrest.
KHRN has also learned that Ghader Mohammadzadeh and Hassan Rastgari Majd, two other political prisoners held at Yazd and Orumiyeh prisons, have rejected to end their hunger strike due to the refusal of authorities to consider their demands.
Ghader Mohammad Zadeh was initially sentenced to retribution on the charge of “premeditated murder” in addition to seven years of imprisonment in lieu of punitive public punishment. The supreme court refuted this sentence and changed it into payment of blood money but the prisoner has recently been told that his prison sentence will be upheld on the general charge of “premeditated murder.” In response, Mohammad Zadeh went on a hunger strike in protest to the authorities’ refusal to enforce the order of the Supreme Court regarding his seven-year imprisonment sentence.
Mohammad Zadeh was finally transferred to the Yazd Central Prison to endure his 20 years of imprisonment with exile on April 7, 2019.
Kurdish political prisoner Hassan Rastegari Majd held at Orumiyeh Central Prison, has gone on hunger strike in protest to the revocation of his birth certificate by the Orumiyeh Public Court and being threatened by security authorities deportation to Turkey after serving his prison sentence.
Majd had previously been sentenced to a total of 19 years and three months in prison including 15 years in prison for “membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), three years in prison for illegal stay in the country and one year in prison for propaganda against the state in prison.” Per Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code regarding the ‘Totality of Sentences’, 15 years of his total imprisonment sentence is enforceable.