Jailed Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani has now been on hunger strike for over a month.
His hunger strike began in solidarity with a strike by imprisoned Sufi Dervishes (mystics), but was extended after he was transferred to Ghezel Hesar prison, known for terrible conditions, torture and executions. His transfer was unexplained and he was placed in solitary confinement.
We now know his condition has deteriorated further and he has been transferred to the infirmary of Rejai Shahr prison in Karaj on 20 April. According to reports he is very weak and is suffering from some vision loss due to the hunger strike.
It is an outrage that Zamani is being subject by the Iranian state for being a member of and organising the independent Iranian Painters and Decorators Union.
Zamani has now been in prison since 2011 after being sentenced to 11 years for the crime of “spreading propaganda against the regime and forming socialist groups” and “endangering national security”. While in prison his human rights have been breached. He has faced much physical and psychological abuse and been denied access to visitors and medication.
Shahrokh Zamani is a class-war prisoner who has been imprisoned for fighting for basic rights to be protected in the workplace. We cannot let the Iranian state continue to abuse him and we must fight hard for his release.
You can help contribute to his release by signing and publicising an online petition on Change.org entitled “Free Shahrokh Zamani”.