We support political prisoners in Iran: Neda Naji is a student, labor rights defender, and actor, who played the Russian Anarchist Valentia in the Iranian documentary drama Emma Goldman: Living My Life. On May 1, 2019, Naji and more than fifty other participants including Marzieh Amiri, Anisha Asadollahi, and Atefeh Rangriz were arrested at a Labour Day demonstration and detained by security forces and have not been released.
According to a non-political woman prisoner in Qarchak Prison (also known as Shahr-e Rey prison) in Eastern Tehran, two of the political prisoners—Naji and Rangriz—were beaten for not wearing veils (chador/hijab) on July 6, 2019. As a result of this violent attack, Naji suffered injuries to her head and eyes, and Rangriz suffered injuries to her shoulder and leg. They were transferred to the health ward but returned to their cells without adequate treatment. Jamal Ameli, Neda Naji’s husband, wrote on his Twitter account: “Head Officials in Evin Prison are not responding to questions from Neda Naji’s family about her condition. Neda and Atefeh are in danger within Qarchak Prison and nobody hears our voices.”
In addition, a number of others, including Amir Amirgholi, Amir Hossein Mohammadifard, and Sanaz Allahyari, who provided news coverage of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane and Ahvaz Steel worker protests have also been imprisoned. Amir Hoseein Mohammadifard and Sanaz Allahyari have been on hunger strike since July 4, 2019. Esmail Bakhshi, leader of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Syndicate in Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran, who was freed after being brutally tortured was arrested three weeks after his release for publishing an account of the torture he experienced in prison. Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian, the student journalist covering the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane worker protest, are still in prison. 34-year-old blogger, Soheil Arabi, an Anarcho-Syndicalist political prisoner, has been on hunger strike in protest of horrible prison conditions and lack of security for prisoners since June 15, 2019. Arabi has been banned from making purchases from the prison commissary.