Six Sunni prisoners of conscience awaiting execution are suffering from poor health after more than a month on hunger strike in Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj.
The men are protesting against their death sentence, and the torture and mistreatment they have been subjected to whilst in prison.
The six prisoners began their hunger strike on November 4, 2013, after being told that they would be transferred to a new ward. There were fears the move was in preparation for their execution.
On November 6, 2013, they were beaten, shackled, and transferred to solitary confinement, where they were held under under intense pressure. According to reports, the men suffered several injuries, and guards broke two of Jamshed Dehghani's fingers.
One of the men, Syed Hadi Hosseini, was removed from solitary confinement after a few days, due to suffering from seizures.
After thirteen days in solitary confinement, the condition of two of the remaining men, Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshed Dehghani, had deteriorated to the point that they began vomiting blood.
The prison authorities then transferred the men to Section 1, Unit 3 of the prison, known as the 'services ward'.
The men's condition is described as being 'critical'. Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshed Dehghani have collapsed several times.
The men are all suffering from low blood pressure, and prison doctors have said the men are in need of intravenous drips. The men have refused the drips, and have refused to break their hunger strike.
The six men, Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molayee, Jamshed Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Syed Hadi Hosseini and Seddigh Mohammadi are said to be in danger of imminent execution.
Their execution was originally scheduled to be carried out in September, 2013, but was postponed for a month by the authorities. The decision was made to delay the execution following a wave of criticism from both the families of the men and the international community.
According to the organization 'Iran Human Rights' (IHR) there is increasing concern that four of the men may be executed 'in the coming days'.
A source told HRA News Agency, "officials from the Ministry of Intelligence informed [the families] that the death sentences for the six men was binding, and would be implemented soon."
Despite being moved to the 'services ward', the men are still being kept isolated from other prisoners. A source told the HRA News Agency, "The prison authorities have banned the 'normal' prisoners from communicating with the prisoners of conscience."
According to a letter from the men, a 'normal' prisoner was beaten and hung from his handcuffs as punishment for attempting to help two of the Sunni prisoners who had collapsed.