Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran:Narges Mohammadi, a human rights activist went on hunger strike. Calls to human rights organizations and defenders of women’s rights for her immediate release
Ms. Narges Mohammadi, a human rights activist, has gone on hunger strike since Monday May 18, to protest the denial of access to medical treatment and drugs she needs. Denial of the drugs that she should be using on a daily basis according to the prescribing physician, has deteriorated her health. Yesterday her heart beat and fluctuation was to the point that her cellmates took her to Evin prison clinic six times, but the henchmen continue to decline to deliver her essential drugs.
Narges Mohammadi was arrested on May 5 illegally and without any judicial order by state intelligence agents at her home and was taken to Evin Prison. Upon arrival, the henchmen took Mrs. Mohammadi’s drugs. Torturers, in order to apply more pressure, during the two weeks since her arrest and despite the severity of her condition and repeated visits to the clinic of Evin prison, continue to deprive her of medical treatment she needs. Two head henchmen of Evin, Nasiripour and Hamidi, have threatened her to issue a heavy sentence for her because of the protests that have taken place in her support.
She is the mother of two, and was arrested first in June 2010, charged with “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the system”, and was sentenced to six years in prison. But as a result of torture and poor prison conditions, she suffered nerve and muscle paralysis during interrogation, following which, because of the severity of her condition, she was released on heavy bail for “not being able to tolerate the punishment”.
Paying tribute to the families of political prisoners, participation and a speech at the ceremony commemorating Sattar Beheshti, a worker and blogger who was martyred under torture, protest against acid attacks on girls, working to stop the death penalty, defending prisoners of ethnic and religious minorities, are among the activities of Ms. Mohammadi that has angered the religious fascism ruling Iran, that intends to increase pressure on her by making her dossier heavier.
Ms. Sarvenaz Chitsaz, the Chair of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, called on the Iranian public, especially women and young people to show support and solidarity with Ms. Narges Mohammadi and urged international human rights and women’s rights organizations to take effective measures to release her and other female political prisoners.
Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 19, 1394