After nearly two weeks in solitary confinement, five Sunni prisoners of conscience awaiting execution have been moved to a new section of Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj. They are still on hunger strike.
Six prisoners, Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molayee, Jamshed Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Seddigh Mohammadi and Syed Hadi Hosseini began a hunger strike on November 4th 2013, to protest against the news that they would be transferred to a new ward. There were fears the transfer was in preparation for their execution.
They were violently moved to solitary confinement on Wednesday 6 November, and suffered injuries when they were beaten by guards.
One of the men, Syed Hadi Hosseini, was transferred back to section 4, Unit 3 of the prison, after his health deteriorated rapidly due to suffering from seizures.
The remaining five men have now been transferred to a new section of the prison.
"[The ward] is one of the filthiest wards in the prison. All of the detainees there are engaged in services and manual labor," a source told the HRA News Agency.
"[The men] have refused to end their hunger strike, and they want to return to their previous section [section 4 of Unit 3]," he said.
"Jamshed Dehghani's physical condition is very bad because of the hunger strike," he said, "In addition, two of his fingers were broken when he was attacked and beaten by guards on the 6th of November. The prison has given him no treatment."
According to reports, there is increasing concern that the men will be executed soon. The six prisoners were all scheduled to be executed in September this year.
Their execution was postponed for a month by the authorities, and they are now once again in danger of execution.
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."