Soheil Arabi, an anarchist political prisoner, began a hunger strike in the notorious Evin prison in northern Tehran on September 20, 2019 in protest against the arrest of his mother Farangis Mazloum and her uncertain situation in the prison’s solitary confinement.
Soheil Arabi, who is also the father of a young girl, was arrested by Revolutionary Guards Intelligence in the fall of 2013, and was subjected to torture in solitary confinement. Soheil Arabi was first sentenced to execution, then to seven and a half years of imprisonment, for publishing photos of the 2009 uprising, for caricaturing Khamenei, and for posting articles on the internet. He has been accused of “propaganda against the State,” “apostasy,” “blasphemy against the Prophet and insult to holiness.” In addition, he was sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 30 lashes for insulting the regime’s leaders. To be exempted from execution, Soheil Arabi was sentenced to two years of “religious research,” through the reading of 13 volumes of books on religion and making a summary. He should write a document using five religious books, and submit his research report to the court every three months for two years. The death penalty will be lifted after he has “proved his regrets” in court.