Sunni prisoner of conscience, Ahmad Mohammadi Chamardani, has started a hunger strike in protest against the physical and psychological abuse that he is being subjected to in Bandar Abbas Central prison, southern Iran.
Ahmad Mohammadi was beaten by guards in front of other prisoners in Bandar Abbas Central prison on November 21, 2013, before being moved to ward 2 of the prison. He was then transferred to solitary confinement.
According to reports, officials transferred Ahmad Mohammadi to solitary cells known as 'special cells', of which there are a limited number in the prison.
Shocking levels of abuse are reported to take place in these 'special cells', where prisoners are continuously subjected to humiliating and degrading treatment.
Prisoners are transferred to these cells naked, and are not given a blanket or floor mat. The detainees are held in isolation and are not allowed to communicate with anyone except prison officials.
Daily, cold water is poured on the prisoner, as well as on the walls and floor of the cell.
The prisoners are deprived of adequate food and are not given medical treatment. Some prisoners have reportedly developed psychological illnesses thought to be related to the treatment they endured in the these cells.
There are concerns for the welfare of Ahmad Mohammadi, who has been held in the 'special cells' for 10 days so far.
Ahmad Mohammadi is from Qeshm Island, an island with a Sunni-majority population, located off the southern coast of Iran.
He was arrested in a raid in 2011, by officials from the Ministry of Intelligence. After several months in solitary confinement, under physical and psychological torture, he was forced to make false confessions.
He was detained for more than a year in Gohardasht prison in Karaj (also known as Rajai Shahr prison), before being transferred to Bandar Abbas Central prison.
Numerous Sunni Muslims, especially those active in propagating Sunni Islam, have been imprisoned and even executed under false charges in politically motivated trials.