The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has added its voice to the call for female political prisoners in Iran to be protected from degrading and abusive treatment.

The call follows the decision of nine political prisoners, in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, to go on hunger strike last week following body searches by the Prison Security Section.
Personal belongings were confiscated from the nine women who have gone on hunger strike until they receive a formal apology from the prison authorities; guarantees that similar incidents will not happen in the future; and their belongings are returned.
Given the Iranian regime’s record of the poor treatment of political prisoners CODIR are particularly concerned that the women receive proper medical care and attention and are not subject to further degrading treatment. 
“We are firstly calling upon the prison authorities to meet the immediate demands of these women and recognise that they are being held for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association. They really should be released immediately and unconditionally”, said CODIR National Organiser, Jane Green today. “However, we also need to be assured, if their protest continues, that they will have access to appropriate medical assistance should they require it.”