An unknown number of Sunni political prisoners and prisoners of conscience have gone on hunger strike in protest to the cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions they have been forced to endure at a maximum-security prison in Karaj, west of Tehran.
Reports indicate that Sunni political prisoners in Hall 36, Ward 10 of Rajaie Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison have gone on hunger strike. The Hall holds 35 prisoners though the report from the Campaign in Defense of Political Prisoners did not say exactly how many prisoners had gone on hunger strike.
The hunger strike was in protest to problems prisoners faced in the hall including lack of space, lack of access to telephones, facilities for warming food and a suitable outdoor area.
An informed source told the Campaign that Hall 36 housed 35 Sunni prisons of conscience.
“The Hall has two small rooms and the prisoners are cramped together and do not have enough space. In addition to this, the prisoners do not have anywhere to warm their food and are banned from using the telephone. Therefore, as officials at the Rajaie Shahr Prison have not listened to their requests, these Sunni prisoners will continue their hunger strike until they have access to suitable space with standard conditions”, the source said.
The Sunni prisoners started their strike on July 15.
Reports indicate that Rajaie Shahr Prison has three halls that hold Sunni prisoners of conscience. These include Hall 21, Ward 7 which holds around 36 prisoners, Hall 36, Ward 10, which hold around 35 political prisoners and Hall 11, Ward 4, which holds around 21 Sunni prisoners.