Iran: Political prisoner starts hunger strike

Political prisoner Jafar Eghdami has been on a three-day hunger strike since Wednesday, while also shaving his hair in protest of unjust inspections of prisoners’ families and their young children in scheduled visits.
He said such these actions terrified children, and demanded the authorities to abide by the law and humane treatment with the prisoners’ families.
Eghdami has been arrested several times.
He was arrested at Tehran’s 1999 student protests and held in police custody for a month. He was subsequently released on bail.
Eghdami was arrested by Intelligence Ministry agents again in 2001 for his activities and sentenced to six years behind bars. He was released after serving his prison sentence.
He was last arrested in August 2007 after a ceremony marking the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and sentenced to five years behind bars. The ruling was increased in an appeals court to 10 years.

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