Reports from Iran indicate that the Orumieh Prison hunger strike is still ongoing despite attempts by prison officials to end it. The strike started on October 11 with 70 prisoners following the suicide of a
The prisoners are also protesting unsuitable prison conditions, and illegal measures carried out by the head of the prison.
On the night of October 10, Mohammad Ahupa, a prisoner detained in Section 15, committed suicide and passed away. This was not the first time he had attempted suicide. Mohammad was married and had two children.
Reports indicate that as of October 16, 10 political prisoners from Section 12 also joined the Orumieh Prison hunger strike. Two other political prisoners identified as Hamid Rahimi and Kamran Darvishi who were beaten and transferred to solitary cells are also on hunger strike.
Before this on October 15, security guards raided the political prisoners in this section, beating them and transferring some of them to solitary confinement. The attack came after prisoners protested the beating of another prisoner and his transfer to solitary confinement.
Prisoners in the central prison of Orumieh have been deprived of the minimum medical treatment, and only last month three prisoners died for this reason.
Prisoners are also severely beaten and mistreated by prison guards. On October 8, a prisoner identified as Morteza Zohrali was beaten to the extent that his right hand broke.
Also on September 23, Javad Shirzad who is detained in the Youth Section in Orumieh Prison was beaten by the internal prison manager and was severely injured in the head and sustained a concussion. He has been hospitalized outside of prison.
Orumieh Prison is located in the north-western Province of West
Azerbaijan. It was established in 1968. The prison has a capacity to hold 700 prisoners33-year-
Most executions in West Azarbaijan Province are carried out in this prison and sometimes prisoners from Kurdistan are also brought to Orumieh Prison to be hanged.