Kurdish religious prisoner Yasser Sharafaddin has gone on hunger strike in Orumiyeh Central Prison, protesting against his deprivation of basic rights.

Sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) that the prisoner went on hunger strike on the morning of 29 June as prison authorities refused to send him on temporary leave, transfer him to Naqadeh Prison, consider the double-urgency parliamentary plan to reduce his prison term, and consider the two years of imprisonment he had endured in Afghanistan.

Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh had sentenced Sharafaddin to 18 years in prison on charges of “enmity against God” through “membership in religious extremist groups.

The 23-year-old civilian from Oshnavieh was arrested in Afghanistan in 2017 and was imprisoned for two years.

In 2019, he was handed over to Iran. After several days in Evin Prison in Tehran, he was transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison.