Six Sunni prisoners of conscience awaiting execution in Iran are suffering from poor health as they enter the twentieth day of their hunger strike at Ghezel Hesar prison, Karaj.
According to reports, two of the men, Hamed Ahmadi and Jamshed Dehghani, are in a serious condition after suffering from stomach bleeding and injuries inflicted on them by prison guards.
Prison guards had beaten the six men when transferring them to solitary confinement on November 6th, 2013. The men reportedly sustained numerous injuries, and two of Jamshed Dehghani's fingers were broken.
After almost two weeks in solitary confinement, the six men were transferred to section 1, Unit 3 of the prison last week.
A source told HRA News Agency, "The prison authorities have banned the 'normal' prisoners from communicating with the prisoners of conscience."
"Two days ago the prisoners condition was very bad, and one of them collapsed. A 'normal' prisoner went to help them, and due to this he was beaten by guards."
The men have been on hunger strike since November 4, 2013, to protest against their death sentence.
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."
The six men are; Hamed Ahmadi, Jamshed Dehghani, Jahangir Dehghani, Kamal Molayee, Seddigh Mohammadi and Syed Hadi Hosseini.