Iran: Golrokh Iraee ended her hunger strike after 81 days

Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee ended her hunger strike after 81 days on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

The news came from an informed source who announced that Ms. Iraee had “ended her hunger strike and taken food” while hospitalized at IRGC’s Baghyatollah Hospital.

Ms. Iraee was transferred to hospital from Qarchak Prison as she was no longer able to stand up or walk. She refused to take IV serum injections. Ms. Iraee’s mother said when they met her at the hospital, “her eyes’ cornea did not stop in one place. She staggered at us with wonder and could not remember us in the first moments.”

Ms. Iraee and her fellow inmate, Atena Daemi, went on hunger strike on February 3, 2018, in protest to their unlawful exile to Qarchak Prison on January 24, 2018, and breach of the principle of separation of prisoners’ categories. They demanded to be returned to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison.

A number of political prisoners including Saeed Shirzad, Majid Assadi, and Arash Sadeghi (Ms. Iraee’s husband) and over 1,000 civil and human rights activits and families and mothers of political prisoners and martyrs had already asked Ms. Iraee to end her hunger strike.

A number of human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Sub-Committee of the European Parliament, and four UN experts had called for the release of Golrokh Iraee and reiterated that she must have not been imprisoned in the first place.