Civil and children’s rights activist Atena Daemi published an open letter on April 9, 2017, insisting that she would continue her hunger strike until she is granted her demands.
Ms. Daemi started a hunger strike on April 9 in Evin Prison to protest the prison sentences issued for her sisters, Ensieh and Hanieh Daemi.
In her letter, she describes the scene of the day when she was violently arrested at home by security forces and explains the spurious charges raised against her. She finally reiterates, “Until I reach my demands, I will not change my mind on this hunger strike. And the warden of Evin, the IRGC and the Prosecutor’s Office will have to account for whatever happens to me. I will defend my sisters’ rights as long as I have any bit of energy. I will not allow security agencies trample their own laws and manipulate our families as a tool to psychologically torture us and create an atmosphere of terror in society. I am prepared to die but will never become a slave of oppression.”