Five Female Prisoners at the Orumiyeh Central Prison, who had been on hunger strike since Wednesday, October 11 in protest to the confiscation of their personal belongings by prison authorities, ended their hunger strike.

“On Wednesday, October 17, Five Female Prisoners called Arasteh Ranjbar, Mohabat Mahmoodi, Zainab Sakanand, Nazdar Vatankhah and Nosrat Ali Nejad ended their hunger strike in Orumiyeh prison after prison authorities promised to pay attention to their request,” An informed source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

“On Wednesday, October 11, a number of prison guards searched the Women ward of Orumiyeh Central Prison under the pretext of inspecting the prison. During this inspection, the prison guards seized a number of the prisoners’ personal belongings, including personal blankets of several female prisoners while claiming that the seized belongings were extra. The Seize of the private blanket of the detainees was met with massive protests by female prisoners as the weather is slowly getting cold. In protest to this action, five prisoners, who have spent many years at this ward, went on hunger strike.

Nosrat Ali Nejad has been charged with narcotics-related crimes while the remaining four other prisoners are serving their prison sentence for murder.