The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement regarding the, Call for support for on-strike Dervishes:

The Iranian Resistance calls on the world community to condemn the crimes of religious fascism ruling Iran against the Gonabadi Dervishes in the regime’s prisons who have been on hunger strike since March 2. It further asks all relevant international authorities, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, and The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, to support their demands, especially immediate medical care for ill Dervishes. 

About 2000 Gonabadi Dervishes in various cities in the country have gone on hunger strike in solidarity with the ten imprisoned Dervishes who are on hunger strike in Evin, Gohardasht, Shiraz and Bandar-Abbas prisons. This campaign started when the prison guards returned to prison without any medical treatment Hamid Reza Moradi and Mostafa Daneshjou, the two imprisoned Dervishes who had been taken to the hospital for surgery and treatment of their heart disease. Afshin Karam Pour, another Dervish in prison who suffers acute kidney disease, is deprived of all medical treatments by the mullahs’ intelligence agents. Also, three Dervishes in prison by the names of Saeed Madani, Reza Entesari and Farshid Yadollahi were suddenly exiled to the Gohardasht prison on March 2. Currently the three ill Dervishes are on hunger strike and their health condition is worrisome. 

During past recent days, the on-strike Dervishes in Gohardasht prison and Nezam prison of Shiraz as well as the Dervishes in ward 350 of Evin prison have refused to meet with their families. 

During the rule of Supreme Leader (Velayat-e-Faqih) system, Dervishes have been under oppression and pressure. Attacking religious ceremonies, beating and arresting Dervishes, torturing and insulting them for “disturbance on national security”, exile, ban on visits and failing to provide medical care, etc. are among suppressive measures against Dervishes, 

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

March 7, 2014