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April 27, 2014

Afshin Heiratiyan joins hunger strike

HRANA (English), April 26, 2014

Afshin Heiratiyan (افشین حیرتیان), a Bahai serving a 4-year sentence in Raja’i Shahr prison near Tehran, has joined a protest by 19 prisoners of conscience in the prison, who have been on hunger strike since the morning of April 23rd in solidarity with the political prisoners of ward 350 of Evin prison, in Tehran. Mr. Heiratiyan was one of six Bahai prisoners held in section 350 of Tehran’s Evin prison who, on August 5, 2012, were transferred without warning to Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj, just west of Tehran, where most of the Yaran, and a number of BIHE teachers are also being held.

The group of prisoners at Raja’i Shahr have joined many others in protesting the brutality of a raid on cell block 350 at Evin prison, which houses prisoners of conscience. Those injured in the raid included at least one Christian prisoner, but apparently no Bahai prisoners. It is reported that Gholam Hossein Esmaili, the head of the Iran Prisons Organization, was promoted to a new position shortly after he had appeared on state television denying that anything out of the ordinary had happened in Evin Prison. He was reassigned on the instructions of Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, who himself won notoriety recently when he denied that Iran executes juveniles or persecutes Bahais.

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