Kurdish prisoners Aram Omari, Rahman Parhazou, Amir Moshtagh Gangachin, Fakhroddin Doudkanlou Milan, and Ashkan Osmannezhad went on a hunger strike in Orumiyeh, north-western Iran, protesting against their “unfair” sentences.

After they announced the hunger strike, the prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement on the orders of prison authorities.

In February, the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh sentenced Omari and Parhazou to death, and Gangachin, Doudkanlou Milan and Osmannezhad to 10 years in prison.

The court charged these prisoners with “participation in intelligence cooperation and espionage for Israel”.

Security forces arrested the Kurdish prisoners in Orumiyeh between the fall of 2021 and early 2022 and transferred them to a security detention centre in the city.

Forced to “confess” under severe physical and mental torture, they denied all allegations of the security agencies during their trial, adding that they were “tortured” during their interrogation.