Kurdish political prisoner Keyvan Rashozadeh has been transferred from solitary confinement in Orumiyeh Central Prison to an undisclosed location in the past few days.

Rashozadeh, who had gone on a dry hunger strike on 13 June by sewing his lips to protest against the opposition of prison officials to his request for temporary leave, had been transferred to solitary confinement by order of the prison authorities.

The political prisoner was denied the right to contact his family and receive visits during this period.

A dry hunger strike is when someone refuses both food and water.

On 8 October 2019, security forces arrested Rashozadeh along with four other civilians named Omid Saeidi, Kamran Ghasemi, Nayeb (Massoud) Hajipour, and Abdolaziz Golmohammadi.

After a month of interrogation in the detention centre of the Ministry of Intelligence in Orumiyeh, these civilians were transferred to the youth ward of Orumiyeh Central Prison.

In December 2020, after a year of uncertainty in prison, Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh sentenced them to 10 years and one day in prison, each.

It charged the civilians with “acting against national security” through membership in the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan.

The sentence was then commuted to seven years and six months imprisonment.

In December 2020, Rashozadeh, Ghassemi, and Saeidi went on a hunger strike for a week to protest against the uncertainty about their situation, the pressure of the intelligence ministry and the non-compliance of the prison authorities with the principle of segregation of crimes in the youth ward of Orumiyeh Central Prison.