Kurdish political prisoner in Iran on hunger strike

Kurdish political prisoner Sehla Mihemediyani has been on hunger strike since 6 January 2017

The Human Rights Organisation Hengaw has reported that 28 year-old Kurdish political prisoner, Sehla Mihemediyani, has been on hunger strike since 6 January 2017.

The Kurdish woman from Mahabad began the hunger strike to protest bad treatment and the arrest of her brother Hemin by the Iranian Intelligence Service (Itlaat), according to the report.

Mihemediyani was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to 4 years in prison for membership to an opposition Kurdish party on 18 December 2016 at the Mahabad Court. Hengaw said Mihemediyani was subjected to torture by Itlaat for 67 days and kept in solitary confinement in Tabriz Prison.

The woman’s brother Hemin Mihemediyani was arrested by Itlaat in Mahabad on 4 January. The whereabouts of the man are unknown.

International human rights organisations like Amnesty have repeatedly condemned Iran’s treatment of political prisoners. In a July 2016 report Amnesty said prisoners faced torture, ill treatment and were prevented from accessing basic healthcare.

There are thought to be dozens of political prisoners in the Islamic Republic of Iran.