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Sunni Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike in Protest of Mass Executions

In a large section of the prison, under control of The Revolutionary Guards, prisoners are subjected to the continuous sound of alarms, which serves to intensify the atmosphere of intimidation and terror, and to prevent prisoners’ protests. The wards’ doors and prison yard are still locked off.  

Along with the execution of Sunni political prisoners, a number of other political prisoners including Saleh Kohandel, Mohammad Ali Mansouri and Afshin Baymani have been transferred from Ward 12 of Section 4 of Gohardasht prison to an unknown location.

In a show of shocking cruelty, the families of victims weren’t allowed to come close to the bodies of their children, and were prevented from taking them home, and burying them in their hometowns in Kurdistan. Fear of protests may be the reason for this final indignity. Instead, the bodies were scattered in section 305 of the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery.  Intelligence agents, plainclothes and motorcyclist Revolutionary Guards have emptied this section and have brought it under strict control.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the mass execution of Sunni prisoners in Gohardasht Prison “an appalling crime against humanity” and called on Iranian youths to “rise up in support of and in solidarity with the families of the victims.” She requested that the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council to bring the record of the crimes committed by the Iranian regime before the International Criminal Court so that perpetrators of these crimes may be  brought to justice.


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