Iranian Kurdistan: Prisoners Hunger-Strike
The lawyer for two Kurdish imprisoned journalists, who are on hunger-strike after being sentenced to death, has voiced his concern over their health.
Below is an article published by The Kurdish Aspect:
Two Iranian Kurdish journalists sentenced to death have been on hunger strike in prison for more than a month, their lawyer said on Monday [20 August 2007].
"I saw Adnan Hassanpour and (Abdolvahed) Hiwa Botimar in prison two days ago. I confirm they have been on hunger strike as they had severely lost weight and looked very pale," Saleh Nikbakht said.
"For the past couple of days they have not had anything but water and it is very alarming as they will not hold out very long," he said.
The two men were sentenced to death for being "enemies of God" on July 16  by a revolutionary court in Mariwan, in
"After the death sentence they were transferred to the detention centre of the
An Iranian human rights group -- the Defence of Prisoners' Rights Society -- also voiced concern over the two men's plight on Monday [20 August 2007].
"The society, regardless of their accusations, sees it as its duty to raise alarm over their health and life," a statement said.
"Their demands are limited and can be met. They want to be transferred to the general section of the prison and meet their families and lawyers."
The death sentences against the two men have drawn condemnation in
But the Iranian judiciary has said the pair were prosecuted not for their work as journalists but for taking up arms against
According to Reporters Without Borders, the two journalists wrote for the magazine Aso (Horizons) before it was banned in August 2005.