Jafar Panahi goes on hunger strike

19 May 2010

Prominent Iranian director Jafar Panahi has gone on a hunger strike since Sunday, 16 May 2010, to protest abuse and ill-treatment as well as continuous threats against his family members. During a telephone call to his family today, Panahi told them he is on a hunger strike and read a letter to them, which he wished to be released to Iranian media.
In the letter published by his family, Panahi stated that he has been threatened with arrests of his entire family. “On Saturday night [15 May 2010] agents attacked Evin’s Cell 56, forcing me and my cellmates outdoors without any clothing and kept us in the cold weather for one and half hours,” he wrote.
“On Sunday morning, they took me to the interrogation room and accused me of filming the inside of my cell, which is absolutely false. They then threatened that they would arrest my entire family and transfer them to Evin prison, and that they would send my daughter to an unsafe detention center in Rajaie Shahr,” Panahi added.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran condemns the inhumane threats made against Panahi. The Campaign holds Iranian authorities directly responsible for any harm that may come to Panahi’s physical health. The Campaign is further concerned that Jafar Panahi’s courageous action to reveal his illegal and inhumane treatment may increase physical and psychological abuse against him.
Regarding his decision to go on a hunger strike, Jafar Panahi has said: ”I have not taken any food or liquids since Sunday morning [16 May 2010], and I would like to announce that unless the following demands are met, I will continue to refrain from eating and drinking, as I do not wish to turn into a guinea pig who is put under various torture, psychological and mental abuse, and subjected to false accusations.”
He made the following demands for ending his hunger strike:
1. Contacting and visiting with my family to ensure their complete health.
2. The right to having and consulting a lawyer after 77 days of detention.
3. Unconditional release until my trial date and final verdict.
In the end, Panahi has said: ”I swear upon the cinema in which I believe, that I will not stop my hunger strike until my demands are met. My only demand is for my body to be delivered to my family to bury wherever they like.”

source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

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