Iran: Women take to the streets, demand freedom of Arash Sadeghi

A large number of people gathered Monday morning, January 2, 2017, in front of Evin Prison demanding immediate release of political prisoner Arash Sadeghi and his wife, Golrokh Iraee. A considerable number of the protesters were women and mothers of political prisoners and victims of political executions. They protesters marched and wrote on their palms, “We are Arash and Golrokh.”

Mr. Sadeghi, in the 71st day of his hunger strike and is in very serious condition. On the 70th day of his hunger strike, during a cabin meeting with his father, he vomited blood and went unconscious.

Human rights and anti-death-penalty activist Sholeh Pakravan issued a statement on January 2, 2017, demanding urgent treatment of Arash Sadeghi after such a long hunger strike. She wrote in her post: “We must not forget that Arash needs to be hospitalized. Relevant officials have been acting irresponsibly by not hospitalizing him and providing him treatment. He must receive urgent treatment.”

Ms. Pakravan added, “We will not ever forget that this young man went absolutely hungry for 70 days and was not hospitalized for a single day. They did not take a single medical step for him. Rather, by procrastination, they killed time and drove him to death. We will not forgive such irresponsible behavior in treatment of Arash.”