Jailed Activist Starts Hunger Strike After Sudden Prison Transfer

Jailed human rights defender Behnam Mousivand, has started on a hunger strike following his abrupt transfer to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj.

He was held at ward 8 of Tehran’s Evin Prison. and taken to the prison’s infirmary on Saturday, August 29, after showing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever and chills.


Evin Prison guards took away his belongings from ward 8 on August 31. The authorities did not allow him to make a phone call with his family before being taken to Rajai Shahr Prison, which caused tremendous concern about his fate.


Mousivand is currently being held in solitary confinement in Rajai Shahr Prison and has been on a hunger strike since his transfer. He has been serving a five year prison sentence on the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security”.


Mousivand and several other inmates in Ward 8 of the infamous jail held a sit-in protest on August 10, in the courtyard of the guardhouse to protest poor prison conditions.