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Iran Government Must Ensure Respect for Dignity and Autonomy of Hunger Strikers: Special Rapporteur

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Asma Jahangir, has expressed “deep alarm” over Iranian prison officials’ treatment of hunger striking inmates at Rajaishahr Prison, describing their treatment as “contrary to international law.” The full text of the Special Rapporteur’s statement appears below:

GENEVA (31 August 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir, today expressed her deep concern about the situation of a number of prisoners who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest against their transfer to a high-security section of Rajai-Shahr prison in Karaj, West of Tehran, and about their treatment while in detention.

“I am deeply alarmed by reports about the deteriorating medical conditions of the prisoners on hunger strike, and that their torture and ill-treatment have continued since their transfer,” Ms. Jahangir said.

Over the past few weeks, 53 prisoners, including more than 15 Baha’is, were transferred without prior notice and without being informed of the reasons for their transfer. None of them was allowed to take their personal belongings, including their medicines. They have also reportedly been deprived of hygiene products, adequate clothing, adequate medical care and food they purchased with their own money.

“Depriving prisoners of having family contact, lawyers and adequate medical care is contrary to international law,” the rights expert said.

“I urge the Government of Iran to look for a prompt solution to the extreme situation created by the hunger strike through good faith dialogue about the grievances and underlying human rights violations, ensuring full respect for their dignity and autonomy,” the expert concluded.

This statement has been endorsed by the Special Rapporteurs on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pûras, and on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed.

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