Friday, December 21, 2012

Communiqué number 44 of “Reza Shahabi Defense Committee“

The third hunger strike of Reza Shahabi is very alarming –Mahmoud Salehi, the spokesman of the Reza Shahabi Defense Committee addressed the workers, the workers' People and labour organizations.
Reza Shahabi the imprisoned worker, the Treasurer and Executive Board member of the Syndicate of workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company “Vahed” worte a protest letter against the brutal prison conditions and lack of basic medical treatment in prison with the title: “I am just one example of the violation against health of prisoners”. In this letter he announced that to put his protest into action he will in first step refuse taking his medication and medical treatment and if no improvement action is initiated he will go on hunger strike.
After being insult and mistreatment by the prison warder he changed his mind and decided to go on hunger strike.
This is his third hunger strike during the last three years, which can endanger his health seriously and can lead to nonreversible damages.
In addition to his post-surgery and chronic suffering he also suffers from high blood pressure followed by nose bleedings.
The Reza Shahabi defense committee strongly protests such conditions and mistreatment, which forced Shahabi to make this decision. We state that the bad health condition of Reza and the history of his hunger strikes make him more vulnerable by the consequences of another hunger strike.
Therefore, we declare the officials, who refuse Reza and many other prisoners the fundamental human rights, responsible for the consequences.
The “Reza Shahabi Defense Committee“ appeals to the workers and labour organizations to protest in any possible form against the conditions that Reza Shahabi is facing.
“Reza Shahabi Defense Committee“, December 19, 2012