Activist on Hunger Strike Dies in Jail

Iranian political activist died after 60 days on hunger strike, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri was jailed for messages on social media. He was accused of insulting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and “propaganda against the state.”

Vahid Sayadi Nasiri was initially arrested in September 2015 and sentenced to eight years in prison, after serving two-and-a-half years he was released in March, but imprisoned again five months later.

The charges were related to posts he made on Facebook. He was later pardoned and released early. However, in August he was arrested again just months after his release, on similar charges.

He began his hunger strike in October in protest over prison conditions and lack of access to a lawyer. He was reportedly taken to hospital in the wake of his hunger strike.

His family said they had been informed by authorities of his death.



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