Jailed Iranian Teacher & Reformist Dies While on Hunger Strike

Iranian Reisan Sawari was held in solitary confinement for the past year.

Iranian teacher and reformist Reisan Sawari died in prison on Tuesday. He was sentenced to face execution after being convicted of “waging war on God” last June.
Al Ahwaz reports:

An Ahwazi Arab teacher, Reisan Sawari, died while on hunger strike on Tuesday.

Sawari had been held in solitary confinement for a year and was protesting against his conditions. He was a member of the reformist Lejnat al-Wefagh (Reconciliation Committee), which campaigned for Arab rights by constitutional means, including contesting elections. The party was banned by the regime last year, with government spokesmen claiming it was a threat to national security.

During his imprisonment, Sawari was tortured and his relatives were denied the right to visit him. Reports received by the British Ahwazi Friendship Society claim that he was tortured while on hunger strike at the Revolutionary Guards’ Mali-Rah prison and may have died as a result of his injuries. He was 32 when he died. He leaves a wife and no children.

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