Saturday, 05 December, 2020

The hunger strike of Soheila Hejab, political prisoner in Qarchak Prison


Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, June 16th 2020, Soheila Hejab, a female political prisoner incarcerated in the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin went on a hunger strike protesting against her poor condition in the prison and the pressure on her family and also against the prevention of returning Zeynab Jalalian another female political prisoner jailed in this prison to Khoy Prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, on Tuesday, June 16th 2020, Soheila Hejab, a female political prisoner imprisoned in the women’s ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin (southeast of Tehran), went on a hunger strike to protest the recent coercive and security crackdown on her family and herself.

The political prisoner also went on a hunger strike to protest continued uncertainty and detention of Zeynab Jalalian another political prisoner who has recently been transferred from Khoy Prison to Qarchak Prison in Varamin. In the past few days, Soheila Hejab has been interrogated after being taken to IRGC’s detention center for the filing of another case.

“Soheila Hejab, the female political prisoner who was arrested after a hearing in Court of Appeals and transferred to the quarantine ward at Qarchak Prison in Varamin, went on a hunger strike since Tuesday, protesting against her condition, Zeynab Jalalian and her family’s condition”, a source familiar with Soheila Hejab’s situation told in an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran.

On May, 23rd 2020, after being summoned to branch 36 of the Court of Appeals in Tehran province, while leaving the hearing session, Soheila Hejab, a citizen living in Kermanshah was detained, beaten severely by the intelligence agents of Sarollah Garrison and then was transferred to the women’s ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin.

On March 18th 2020, Soheila Hejab, a citizen of Kermanshah and the political activist who previously was trialled by branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, presided over Mohammad Moghiseh, was accused of propaganda against the government, assembly and collusion, disturbing the public opinion in order to cause riot, creating groups in the line of women’s rights, asking for referendum and constitutional change, and sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison.

Soheila Hejab, the political activist who had been detained in the IRGC’s detention center after 8 months was released temporarily on a bail of 3 billion Tomans on March 14th 2020

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