Critical Condition of Atena Faraghdani in Gharchak Prison, Iran

 Friday, February 27, 2015

Atena Faraghdani, a painter and children rights activist, was transferred to the hospital due to heat stroke and passed out after vomiting on day 16 of her hunger strike in Gharchak prison of Varamin city.

Atena has started a hunger strike in protest to her deportation to Charchak prison from Evin and non-political ward on 8 Feb 2015. Atena’s condition is in imminent danger as her lawyer, Mahmoud Moghimi, has informed Campaign in Defense of Civil & Political Prisoners.

She had asked nurses that the IV tubes be removed while regained consciousness on day 18 of her hunger strike according to the report which brought up-to-date by the BCR Group. Atena is also refusing salt and sugar.

It is worth noting that Authorities have allegedly abolished the lawyer to meet her in Firoozabadi hospital as the lawyer has informed , moreover, she is still keen to continue her hunger strike till her demands to be met.  

She has been arrested by officials of the regime on 12 Sept 2014. After a while, she released on the bail and revealed some details of Evin prison as surveillance cameras in the bathroom hallway. Atena was again summoned to 15 branch of Revolutionary Court which chaired by Salavati on 10 Jan 2015 and beaten brutally by officials in front of her parents in the courts. She was finally accused of acting against national security, propaganda against the regime of Iran and insulting to parliament members through drawing and thrown into the prison. After a while, she was exiled and kept in Gharchak prison of Varamin city.

By: Kaveh Taheri