Political prisoner announces hunger strike protesting lack of basic rights

Political prisoner Akbar Bagheri

Political prisoner Akbar Bagheri has started a hunger strike since Wednesday, May 15, to protest his abrupt transfer from Evin Prison to the Great Tehran Penitentiary.

He has gone on dry hunger strike to demand his transfer to Evin Prison.
Suffering from intestinal bleeding, Akbar Bagheri was taken to hospital in April but returned to jail after two days without receiving adequate medical treatment.

Akbar Bagheri is in serious condition and needs to be transferred to a hospital for care and possible surgery.

Following his Wednesday transfer, he was held in a quarantine ward and denied access to medical treatment.

Political prisoner Akbar Bagheri, a supporter of the opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), was arrested on February 21, 2018, during a protest rally held by the clients of the Caspian credit firm, linked to the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), in front of the regime’s parliament.

In a statement released on May 17, 2019, the PMOI has the names of 11
arrestees in late April 2019 .

The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said:

“The transfer of Hash al-Shabi forces from Iraq to the flood-hit areas, launching night patrols and “neighborhood-based security patrols,” called the Razavioun, and the new wave of arrests throughout the country, especially among the supporters of the PMOI, are part of the repressive measures of religious fascism to prevent popular uprisings.”

The PMOI had previously announced the names of other 28 people arrested in March and April.

Iran’s Minister of Intelligence, Mahmoud Alavi reported on April 19, 2019, the arrests of 116 teams linked to the PMOI in the past year. Subsequently, the Director General of the regime’s intelligence in East Azarbaijan Province on April 24, 2019, gave the figure of 110 arrests and encounter with the Mojahedin in the province in 2018.

But the PMOI has said that the actual number of arrests is much higher. The repressive organs of the Iranian regime, such as the IRGC, the IRGC’s intelligence, law enforcement, and prosecutors, have had their own arrests.