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Hunger Strikes: The Last Resort for Iran’s Desperate Prisoners

4th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Hunger Strikes: The Last Resort for Iran’s Desperate Prisoners

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner in Iran, is 13 months into a 19-year sentence in the notorious Evin Prison. His alleged crime: “Assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda against the state, spreading lies in cyberspace and insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic and its supreme leader.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

5th January 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Iranian Political Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Country’s Human Rights Record

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

Iranian political prisoners are increasingly engaging in hunger strikes as a “last resort” to bring attention to their plight, researchers from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) reported in a policy brief on Wednesday. more...

4th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Hunger Strikes: The Last Resort for Iran’s Desperate Prisoners

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner in Iran, is 13 months into a 19-year sentence in the notorious Evin Prison. His alleged crime: “Assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda against the state, spreading lies in cyberspace and insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic and its supreme leader.” more...

1st January 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Int’l outcry over imprisoned Iranian rights activist on hunger strike

Benjamin Weinthal

Both Arash Sadeghi and his wife have been jailed by Islamic Republic. more...

14th December 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: New Militia Commander will Perpetuate Repression in Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini’s appointment of a top general as the new head of Basij, a militia that also acts as a vigilante force against domestic dissidents, is the latest “sign that the Islamic Republic has no intention of easing its grip on internal dissent,” two researchers from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in a policy brief on Tuesday. more...