According to the latest news from Committee for the Families of Kurdish Political Prisoners Ehsan Fatahiyan has been transferred to the solitary ward of the Sanandaj Prison, where prisoners are taken immediately before execution. The execution team which is scheduled to carry out Ehsan’s execution has also entered the Sanandaj Prison premises.
As a result the political prisoners have started a riot and there are reports of physical altercations between prisoners and prison guards. Also all communication between prison and the outside has been halted, and prisoners are not allowed to have any visitations or make any phone calls.
Many other political prisoners from various prisons have joined the hunger strike in support of Ehsan Fatahiyan. Prisoners from Evin and Rajaishahr prison including Mr. Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydariyan and Farhad Vakili have joined the hunger strike. Other prisoners in Mahabad, Orumiye and Ghore prisons have also joined the strike. The mother of Habibollah Latifi, another Kurdish activist sentenced to death and currently in Rajaishahr prison has also joined the hunger strike in support of Ehsan Fatahiyan.
On a more positive note both Amnesty International and Defend International have issued Urgent Action alerts in support of Mr. Fatahiyan, which I hope will put some serious pressure on the Islamic Regime. We no longer need to write to these two entities as they have already issued the statements. But we can still write to other human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch.
The face book campaign to save Mr. Fatahiyan from execution is going very well and has expanded dramatically. I want to send a big thanks to everyone involved especially the organizer Mr. Reza Hiwa which I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past few days. We’ve also managed to collect more than 5000 signatures on our petition in less than two days. Many people have also changed their facebook profile picture to Ehsan’s picture to show support and solidarity. I urge everyone to do the same, we must show the Regime that Ehsan is not alone.
Lastly I had previously written about a church in Toronto that organized a prayer session for Mr. Fatahiyan in support and solidarity. I urge all other religious entities both online and offline to do the same. We are all doing everything we practically and possibly can to try to save Ehsan from execution, but some prayer and hope can also go a long way.
Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran
By: Sayeh Hassan
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