Two political prisoners in Iran who are on hunger strike are now in critical condition.
Political prisoners Farid Azmoudeh and Iraj Hatami have been held in the notorious Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran.
They recently signed on to a collective letter by Iranian political prisoners to the United Nations Human Rights Council urging the world body to extend the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.
After their letter was published, the regime’s henchmen stepped up pressure on them and other prisoners who had signed the letter.
Messrs. Hatami, Azmoudeh and Behzad Tarahomi were taken to the warden’s office and threatened that they would be transferred to the ordinary prisoners’ ward if they continued to sign on the joint letters against the regime.
This led to fellow inmates writing a separate letter to the Human Rights Council, UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon and Amnesty International exposing the new aggressions against the political prisoners and warning that the regime’s personnel in the prison were conspiring against the three men whose 'lives are truly in danger.'