Help Free Eight Prisoners of Conscience in Iran

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Source: Amnesty

Eight prisoners of conscience in Iran – among them human rights defenders, activists, artists and teachers – have gone on hunger strike to protest against their imprisonment. Their health is deteriorating fast – join us to call for their immediate and unconditional release.

Mohammad Ali Taheri, spiritual teacher

Iranian prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri has completed his five-year prison sentence and all other charges against him have been dropped – but still he is detained. Under Iranian law, this is illegal. His sentence was for “insulting Islamic sanctities” through establishing a spiritual doctrine and group called Erfan-e Halgheh, and he served it entirely in solitary confinement. On 28 September he launched his 16th hunger strike in protest at his continued imprisonment. Since 16 October, the authorities have refused to give his family any information about his health or whereabouts and have denied him access to his lawyer and family.

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