Amnesty International also requests that the Iranian Regime provides access to a reputable healthcare provider.

Mohammad Ali Taheri, a spiritual teacher, has already completed his five-year prison term but he is still detained, which is illegal under Iranian law.

He was imprisoned for “insulting Islamic sanctities” for establishing a spiritual doctrine and group. He served the full five years in solitary confinement.

His 16th hunger strike began on September 28 and his family have received no information about him since October 16. He has not been seen by his lawyer or his family since then.

Two brothers, Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian, a musician and a filmmaker respectively, are serving three-year terms for included “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “illegal audio-visual activities”.

The both began their second hunger strike on October 28. Mehdi, who was punched in the stomach by a prison doctor, has coughed up blood twice.

Arash Sadeqhi, a human rights defender, is currently serving 15 years for “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic”.

This relates to his peaceful human rights activities, which include contacting Amnesty International.

He began his hunger strike on October 24  to protest the arrest of his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee for writing a story against stoning.

Sadeghi has been physically assaulted while in custody. He is experiencing fast heartbeats, breathing difficulties and severe drops in his blood pressure but he will not end his hunger strike until his wife is freed.

Ali Shariati, a civil society activist, is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for “gathering and colluding against national security”.

He participated in a demonstration to condemn a series of acid attacks against women and attended gatherings in solidarity with political prisoners.

His hunger strike has led to a rapid deterioration in his health; he is experiencing breathing difficulties, fast heartbeats, severe drops in his blood pressure, kidney pain and slurred speech, and has lost consciousness several times. The Office of the Prosecutor refused to release him and has told his family “they do not care if he dies”. 
There are also three other prisoners of conscience – Morteza Moradpour, Vaheed Sayyadi and Rasoul Razavi who are on hunger strike demanding their freedom.

 Their full bios of all prisoners are available on Amnesty International’s website.

Amnesty International needs your help to call for the release of these people who were detained for peacefully exercising their human rights.


They ask that you send emails,  faxes, tweets and letters to petition the Iranian Regime and the full details on how to do this are available here.