Iran: Health condition of Ramin Hossein Panahi deteriorates on hunger strike
Kurd political prisoner Ramin Hussein Panahi went on a hunger strike on December 5 in protest to his undetermined state in prison.
His brother Amjad Hussein Panahi said that on the morning of December 11, their father visited Ramin for the first time after his arrest at the Intelligence Agency Detention Center. “Before the meeting, interrogators asked my dad to convince Ramin to end his hunger strike, but Ramin said he would continue until his legal demands are met,” he added.
Ramin Hossein Panahi, a 22-year-old member of the Komala opposition group, was arrested on 23 June 2017 after he took part in clashes with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the neighbourhood of Shalman, in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, northwest Iran.
He was shot and sustained three bullet wounds. He was then transferred to the Sanandaj Intelligence Agency Detention Center. He has been charged with “enmity against God.”
Earlier this year Amnesty International in it’s statement on June 30, considered the arrest of Ramin Hossein Panahi and four of his family members as “enforced disappearances,” calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately reveal their fate and whereabouts.
The organization further urged the Iranian authorities to release Hossein Panahi’s family members if they have been detained solely because of their family connection with Ramin Hossein Panahi.
“The authorities must ensure that Ramin Hossein Panahi is promptly brought before a judge, as well as provided with immediate access to healthcare, protected from torture and other illtreatment, given access to an independent lawyer of his choosing, and granted a fair trial without resort to the death penalty,” the statement reads in part.