Vahid Sayyadi-Nasiri Was on Hunger Strike to Protest Denial of Counsel and Prison Conditions

Growing Crisis as Political Prisoners Left with No Recourse but to Refuse Food

December 12, 2018—The political prisoner Vahid Sayyadi-Nasiri, on hunger strike since October 13, 2018 to protest the denial of his right to counsel and inhumane prison conditions at Iran’s Langroud Prison in Qom where he was being held, has died at the Shahid Beheshti Hospital in Qom.

The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) condemns the state of affairs in which prisoners in Iran are left with no recourse but hunger strikes to draw attention to their unjust incarceration, as well as the Iranian authorities’ lacking response to these strikes which are resulting in deaths.

“There is a growing crisis in Iran in which the entire judicial system has ceased to function in any capacity other than to defend the repressive apparatus of the state,” said Hadi Ghaemi, CHRI’s executive director.

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