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Saturday, 28 March, 2020

Soheil Arabi, political prisoner, ends his hunger strike

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Human Rights in Iran – Today, on Thursday March 26th 2020, Soheil Arabi, the political prisoner jailed in Brigade 3 of Greater Tehran Prison, broke his hunger strike. This political prisoner’s hunger strike was a protestation for his deprivation of the right of treatment for his Hydrocele (a fluid-filled sac around a testicle) caused by the kick struck to his testicle from the Interrogator of Revolutionary Guard Corps’s (Tharullah Camp) and for restrictions of other citizenship rights.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Today on March 26th 2020, Soheil Arabi, the political prisoner jailed in Brigade 3 of Greater Tehran Prison is going on his 12th day of hunger strike. He broke his hunger strike after the prison officials said to him his requests such as dispatching him to special medical care and his parole would be fulfilled. After so many cases lodged against him by IRGC’s Intelligence, he was totally sentenced to serve 11 years in prison, that up to now he has served 6 years of the conviction.

Quoted from a source close to Soheil Arabi, speaking to the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, it was also reported: ” Today in morning, after one of the officials of Greater Tehran Prison had promised Soheil to send him to hospital, and moreover 50 of political prisoners, arrested during the mid November protest rallies would be released temporarily after being sent to dispensary of prison, then he broke his hunger strike.

In addition, this informed source said: ” At the same time of dispatching Soheil Arabi to the dispensary of Greater Tehran Prison for preliminary examinations, the dispensary physician of this prison ordered that up to Saturday April 4th, Soheil be sent to the special medical care for surgical operation.”

The individuals’ accessibility to the right of a fair judgement by an impartial court is one of the emphasized cases in International Instrument of Human Rights, Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 14 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on December 16th 1966.

The suppression of social activists in Iran also violates the Freedom of Speech Principle, highlighted in International Instrument of Human Rights, Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on December 16th 1966, focusing on the right of individuals to put out their thoughts, opinions, ideas and Political-ideological viewpoints.

Likewise the issue of arbitrary detainment of persons without the justification of their charges, and the culprits’ inaccessibility to a lawyer are some cases of violations of Principles noted in International Instrument of Human Rights, Article 9 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 9 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on December 16th 1966.

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