A Kurdish political prisoner ‘Ismail Moridi’ has sewn his lips and gone on hunger strike at Kermanshah’s Dizel abad prison in protest to opposition of the security forces to his conditional release. He has been in prison for five years and has served more than half of his 10-year sentence.

The political prisoner went on a hunger strike on Sunday, Apr 12, 2020, while sewing his lips and writing a letter in protest to the opposition to his conditional release. Prison officials transferred him from ward 3 to ward 10 after he announced his hunger strike and he has been deprived the right to contact and visit his family for the past six days, sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

Ismail Moridi, from Salas Babajani in Kermanshah province, and two other civilians “Nabi Mohammadi” and “Hedayat Seidzadeh”  were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on June 28, 2015, and transferred to the IRGC Detention Center in Kermanshah.

The three civilians were interrogated for about five months at the IRGC detention centre under psychological pressure and physical torture, without the right to visit and contact their families. Branch 4 of the Kermanshah Islamic Revolutionary Court later sentenced these three Kurdish civilians to 10 years in prison on charges of “collaboration with the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK).” The ruling was upheld by the Provincial Court of Appeal. For the past five years, these three political prisoners have been deprived of leave due to opposition from security forces.