A group of Gonabadi dervishes has issued an open letter urging Saleh Moradi and Kasra Nouri, the two jailed Gonabadi dervishes who have been on hunger strike for over two months, to end their refusal to eat.

The Majzooban Noor website reports that the letter recognizes the dervishes’ sacrifices and commends their persistence but it urges the two dervishes to end their strike before it leads to a catastrophe.

Moradi and Nouri have been on hunger strike for 69 days, and since March 21 they have been refusing water.

They began their hunger strike in protest against the arrest of their legal representatives, who reportedly have been put in solitary confinement. They have announced that so long as “Hamid Moradi, Mostafa Daneshjoo, Farshid Yadollahi, Amir Eslami, Afshin Karampour, Reza Entesari and Omid Behroozi are not moved back to the general ward of the prison and action has not been taken for their treatment and health”, they will continue with their hunger strike.

The dervishes’ lawyers were taken into solitary confinement 70 days ago by order of Judge Salavati.

The letter’s signatories urge Nouri and Moradi to end their strike as soon as possible and before the situation passes the point of no return.