Political prisoner Soada Khadirzadeh has been on a hunger strike since April 26, 2022, in the Central Prison of Urmia. She is on hunger strike to protest seven months of temporary detention under uncertain status. Ms. Khadirzadeh has resorted to hunger strike while pregnant. The hunger strike will put her health and the health of her 8-month fetus at serious risk.
Kurdish political prisoner Soada Khadirzadeh sent an audio file from prison. She said in this audio file: “I have been held, hostage. They want to get a forced confession from me. The security forces even made unethical proposals to me.”
Security forces arrested Ms. Khadirzadeh on October 14, 2021. It is so far not known why and on what charges she was arrested.
On November 8, 2021, she was transferred from the IRGC detention center to the Central Prison of Urmia. She has been deprived of family visits or having access to a lawyer throughout her detention.
Soada Khadirzadeh is in a critical physical condition and suffers from a lumbar disc. She also has a heart problem; nonetheless, the investigator and the prison’s authorities have rejected her request for conditional release even on bail.
Full text of political prisoner Soada Khadirzadeh’s audio file
In the name of God
This is Soada Khadirzadeh. I have been detained in the women’s ward of Urmia Prison. Seven months after being detained, my physical condition and health are very dire. I am eight months pregnant. Although the necessary medical records have been attached to my file, no action has been taken to secure my release. The people who are my plaintiffs have prevented my freedom, but I am innocent. I am paying the price instead of someone else, and I am held as a hostage.
From the first days of my imprisonment at the detention center of the Intelligence Department, I have been subjected to severe psychological torture. I experienced a lot of disrespect and insults. The security forces even made unethical proposals to me.
I was threatened and forced to make confessions many times even though I did not know anything about the issue. I am innocent. Please be my voice; I have no one to stand up for me. I have been on a hunger strike for two days. My health and my child are at risk. I will continue my hunger strike till my requests are answered.
Please support me; thank you.