Iranian authorities of the Orumiyeh prison have forcefully transferred Kurdish political prisoner on hunger strike Mustafa Sabzi to a solitary confinement cell on 13 January.

Kurdistan Human Rights Network contacted multiple sources and a local human rights source said that “the Iranian authorities of the prison use the solitary cells as a pressure mechanism to force defiant political prisoners to concessions.”

The source said that “the prison authorities want to force Sabzi to end his hunger strike, which he had started to protest how political prisoners are kept with dangerous criminals and murders at the worst sections of the prison”.

The source said that “Sabzi has now been kept in Ward 13, which is in a very bad condition and it is where dangerous criminals are jailed. He had demanded to be jailed in Ward 12, which the ward for political prisoners.”
The government’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards arrested 20-year-old Sabzi from Mako in one of the villages near Orumiyeh in June 2014.
He was interrogated for two months at one of the Iranian intelligence detention centers prior to his transfer to the Orumiyeh Central Prison.

The Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh sentenced him to 15 years imprisonment on charges of membership of the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK).