Azerbaijani-Turkic prisoner and civil rights activist Mehdi Saaneh-Farshi has gone on a hunger strike today in Orumiyeh Central Prison.

The activist is demanding the review of his five-and-a-half-year prison sentence given by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh.

On 18 August 2020, security forces arrested the civil rights activist after his entry from Turkey to Iran.

After the Ministry of Intelligence interrogated him for 26 days, he was transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison.

In October 2020, Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh sentenced Saaneh-Farshi to five and a half years in prison on charges of “membership in opposition groups abroad” and “propaganda against the state”.

The Court of Appeals of Orumiyeh and the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the sentence in the past months.