Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Adnan Hassanpour and Hiwa Boutimar on hunger strike in Sanandaj detention centre

Adnan Hassanpour, is a member of the editorial board of the confiscated weekly “Aso”, and Abdolvahed Boutimar(known as Hiwa) is an activist member of “Sabeze-chia” – a non governmental organization, and also a member of the confiscated weekly.

Both journalists have been condemned to death by the “revolutionary court” of Marivan city, and are on hunger strike.

Reports from their families indicate that the two activists have been on hunger strike for at least a month, to protest their transfer to solitary confinement in Sanandaj prison, and their death sentence.

According to their families, lawyers of the detainees have only been able to see them on 18 August for the first time.

Their physical condition has been reported to be deteriorating, and prison officials have been ignoring this intentionally.

Prison officials and offices of the “Organization of prisons” have been reluctant to pay any attention to their demands while having denied their rights see a doctor.

Families of the detainees have announced their sons’ demands to be as follow:
- To be transferred from solitary confinement to the public ward.
- Arranging to meet a high official of the Iranian Justice Ministry.
- Nullifying their death penalty.

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