Ramin Hosseinpanahi Begun a Hunger Strike with Sewing his Lips

Ramin Hosseinpanahi, a Kurdish political prisoner, sentenced to death, on Sunday August 26th, 2018, in a protest of his situation, started hunger strike by sewing his lips.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, Last night, while Ramin was taken to solitary confinement, he was injured and was transferred to outside prison. His transfer to the hospital is an indication of the severity of his injuries and that caused a great concern among the family of this political prisoner.

This Kurdish political prisoner sentenced to death, in a letter to Rajayishahr Prison officials, stated the reasons for his hunger strike as follows.

Request for de novo trial, request for the reinstatement of a court, request for separation of offenses in accordance with Article 7 of the Prison’s Separation Code, and request to return to Sanandaj Central Prison.

Ramin Hosseinpanahi, a political prisoner sentenced to death, on Monday, August 13th, 2018, under strict security measures and without prior notice to his lawyers or his family, was transferred from Sanandaj Central Prison to Rajayishahr prison in Karaj. Since Saturday August 26th, 2018, he has no permission to call and has been banned from visitation and the risk of execution of this political activist has increased in the wake of this ban.

Ramin Hosseinpanahi, a political activist, was arrested on June 23th, 2017, and transferred to the Sanandaj Central Prison after 200 days of solitary confinement after going through extreme physical and mental torture. Ramin was sentenced to death on January 15th, 2018, in Sanandaj Revolutionary Court Branch One. The verdict was reaffirmed on April 11th, 2018, at Branch 39 of the Supreme Court in Qom.

Ramin Hosseinpanahi ‘s death sentence was issued even though he denied all the alleged charges, such as participation in the armed conflict. The lawyer of the Kurdish political prisoner also considered the sentence unexpected and unjust.

Following the announcement of Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s death sentence, a new wave of protests was formed inside and outside Iran. A wide range of Kurdish organizations, including the Center of Kurdish Parties Alliance, different populist clubs, civil and political citizens centers, educational group, writers, artists, various social institutions, poets, marketers, guilds, ex-representatives of various parliamentary time, cultural activists, The Iranian Democratic Council, and dozens of other political and civil organizations, issued various statements and announcements in Kurdistan, Iran, and in some provincial cities and towns in Europe and Canada. They have protested, condemning Ramin Hosseinpanahi’s death sentence and other execution sentences of people of different religions, political and civil prisoners in Iran. They also announced their support for Ramin Hosseinpanahi.

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