Ali Moradi

Ali Moradi, an Iranian-Kurdish prisoner, has sewn his lips together as part of a hunger strike he’s been on since April 4 in Bandar Abbas Prison in southern Iran, Moradi’s family reports.

Zamaneh has been informed that Moradi began his hunger strike to protest his “illegal transfer” to Bandar Abbas Prison from Minab.

The report indicates that Moradi has been transferred to solitary confinement and is in “critical condition.”

Moradi was arrested in 2004 in a Kurdish village near Marivan and sentenced to 30 years in jail and exile to Minab Prison for the charge of “enmity against God” due to his membership in a Kurdish dissident group.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has quoted a local source saying that last February, Moradi reportedly spoke to one of the national prison inspectors and reported shortcomings in the medical and hygienic facilities of the prison.

According to the Campaign report, Moradi was beaten in prison following his talk with the inspector and transferred to solitary confinement. After 15 days, in a reportedly illegal procedure, he was then exiled to Bandar Abbas Prison.

It is said that Moradi and several of his inmates have protested on numerous occasions for being held in the general section of the prison rather than in a special ward for political prisoners.