Farangis Mazloumi stages hunger strike in solitary confinement

Ms. Farangis Mazloumi, the mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi, has been on hunger strike since August 16, 2019, and is now on her seventh day of hunger strike.

After many attempts for visiting rights, her daughter was able to meet Ms. Mazloumi on August 22, 2019. Ms. Farangis Mazloumi was being held in a poor physical condition in the solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison.

Given her history of heart problems, her hunger strike has raised further concerns for her family. Only for defending her son and being the political prisoner’s voice, Ms. Mazloumi has been under pressure during her detention for forced confessions and has also lost weight because of her detention conditions and hunger strike.

Last week, without any explanation, Evin Prison authorities canceled the visitation of Ms. Farangis Mazloumi with her family, which was arranged in coordination with her detention unit. Prison authorities have also issued a 300 million toman bail for her release, which her family cannot afford.

Ms. Farangis Mazloumi was arrested by intelligence agents at her sister’s house on Monday, July 22, 2019.

In another report, Ms. Shahla Jahanbin, the wife of writer and civil activist Abbas Vahedian Shahroodi in Mashhad, was arrested by security forces on August 21, 2019, and taken to an unknown location. Five Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested Ms. Shahla Jahanbin at her home while searching the house and seizing two mobile phones belonging to Ms. Jahanbin. Mr. Abbas Vahedian Shahroodi was arrested by security forces on Sunday, August 18, 2019. The reason for Ms. Shahla Jahanbin’s arrest is unknown.

Abbas Vahedian Shahroodi, 49, was previously arrested at his home in Mashhad by the Ministry of Intelligence agents last October and transferred to an unknown location and was eventually released as a result of his daughter’s activities.