Raising alarm over the health of several prisoners of conscience in Iran, who have been on a prolonged hunger strike contesting the legality of their detention, the United Nations expert on the human rights situation there urged the authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release all those who have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and prosecuted for exercising their rights.

According to the UN human rights office, two of at least eight protesting prisoners of conscience have been on hunger strike since October last year. One of the two ended his strike last week after his wife (Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, a human rights defender) was granted bail.

Another protester – Mohammed Ali Taheri – started his strike on 28 September. However, his whereabouts have been unknown since his reported transfer to Baghiatollah Military Hospital in October.

Furthermore, at least one of the protesters – Arash Sadeghi, another human rights defender – is being denied transfer to specialized medical facilities despite his critical health condition and is reportedly kept in his cell.

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