According to news from “Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran” there is no news about the well being of Mr. Behrouz Javid Tehrani, an Iranian political prisoner who has been o hunger strike for the past eight (8) days. Mr. Tehrani went on a hunger strike in protest to the physical and psychological torture he was being subjected to, while in Section 1 of the Gohardasht Prison. Section 1 of this prison is also known as “the dark hole” “dog house” and “torture chambers.”

Mr. Tehrani’s family is extremely concerned about his health and well being, especially in light of the fact that they have not been able to visit him or speak to him by phone for the past month.

Prior to his hunger strike Mr. Tehrani was being subjected to brutal torture. On numerous occasions he was cuffed and blindfolded, taken to a torture chamber and beaten brutally by prison officials. As a result his entire body was swollen and he was having difficulty walking.

Individuals involved in Mr. Tehrani’s torture are:

1. Ali Haj Kazem- The warden of Gohardasht Prison
2. Ali Mohammadi
3. Kermani
4. Nabiollah Furnejad
5. Khadem-head of section 1 of the Ghoardasht Prison

In light of the “suspicious” death of numerous political prisoners in Iran including Mr. Akbar Mohammadi, Mr. Amir Hossein Saran, Mr. Vallioallah Feyze Mahdavi and Mr. Abdoreza Rajabi, there is great concern for the life and safety of Mr. Tehrani.

I urge the readers to contact human rights organizations such as Amnesty Internatinal and Human Rights Watch, who have chosen to remain silent on this case so far, to act immediately and to help save Mr. Tehrani’s life.

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