Kurdish woman political prisoner Sakineh Parvaneh has gone on a hunger strike on 22 May, protesting against her denial of access to medical services and her continued exile in Mashhad Central Prison.

Separately, Mozhgan Kavousi, another Kurdish woman political prisoner, has been on a hunger strike in Evin Prison of Tehran since 16 May, in protest of the discretionary treatments towards prisoners by prison authorities and the judiciary.

The information obtained by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) suggest that in the past few days, Sakineh Parvaneh has been transferred to the infirmary of the prison due to hypotension and gastrointestinal upset, but despite the advice of medical doctors to be sent to the hospital immediately, she is still held in Ward 5 of the prison due to the objection of the Ministry of Intelligence. Therefore, the political prisoner has gone on a hunger strike to protest her denial of access to medical services and her continued detention in Mashhad prison.

Meanwhile, Mozhgan Kavousi is still on a limited hunger strike, and prison officials have so far ignored her demands.

A relative of the political prisoner had previously told the KHRN that “Ms. Kavousi has gone on a limited hunger strike after serving more than half of her two-year sentence. This time too, her protest is not for reasons of pursuing personal demands but is critical of the general treatment method towards prisoners by prison officials and the judiciary. The main objection is to the discretionary and unregulated treatment by judges in granting temporary leave to prisoners in accordance with the judiciary act regarding the fourth peak of the Covid-19.”