A Kurdish prisoner of conscience named Arkan Palani Jaff was sent on temporary leave on the 21st day of his hunger strike on 30 June.

Jaff had been on strike since 10 June to protest against prison authorities’ refusal to release him on parole, send him on temporary leave, and provide medical treatment.

Reportedly, the prisoner experienced a 10kg weight loss during this period and his blood pressure dropped below nine.

Jaff, who went on strike by sewing his lips, was beaten by prison officials on the twelfth day of the strike. They opened his sewn lips by force.

Security forces arrested Jaff in Tehran on 2 May 2017. He was transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison after about three months of interrogation in Meydan-e Naft detention centre in Kermanshah, western Iran, and 209 Evin detention centre in Tehran.

Jaff is a Sunni civilian from Sarpol-e Sahab in Kermanshah province.

Later, Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran – presided over by Judge Moghiseh – sentenced the civilian to seven years and six months in prison.

It charged him with “acting against national security” by collaborating with the Islamic State (IS) group.