Back ground to Farhad Vakili

By IHRV August 7, 2008

Farzad Kamangar, a teacher and a human rights activist, has been sentenced to death along with two other activists, identified as Farhad Vakili and Ali Haydarian. On 6/5/1387 (July 27, 2008), all three were transferred from the general section of Evin and Rajai prisons to Section 209 of Evin prison. The appeal court upheld the capital punishment orders against all three activists. Their transfer to Section 209 was ordered in an effort to better manage widespread protests against their sentences, and as a means of exerting more pressure on the prisoners.
According to reported news, Mr. Vakili is being kept in the general section of Evin, while Mr. Kamangar and Mr. Haydarian are being held in solitary confinement in Section 209. Section 209 of Evin is managed by the intelligence ministry.
Mr. Vakili began his hunger strike the day he was transferred to protest unjust treatment by security agents. His health condition is bleak to the extent that he has already suffered a heart attack.
Mr. Kamangar and Mr. Haydariani have also decided to take a vow of silence and protest rough treatment by prison security guards. They will continue their silence as long as this mistreatments persist. The two prisoners also announced that they will go on hunger strike as well if undue pressure is continued.

Source: Advocates for human rights in Iran

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