Christian Prisoner ends hunger strike

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian prisoner who went on hunger strike on Saturday, July 9, 2016, broke her strike on Sunday, July 31, 2016 as ‘prison authorities promised a fairer handling of her case.’[1]

Maryam has been on strike for twenty two days and this has taken a serious toll on her health.

Reports declare that Maryam’s family have been able to visit her and that ‘authorities have given her some positive promises which eventually convinced her to break her hunger strike.’[2]

Maryam’s initial eleven-day hunger strike resulted in authorities granting leave to obtain medical treatment but demanded her return before being able to complete the course of treatment.

Three days prior to the breaking of her strike, Maryam had to be taken to prison’s clinic as her condition had become critical.

‘Her mother, Mrs. Pour Noohi, says “I expect to hear a bad news any moment. I keep thinking about tragic things that can happen to my daughter.”Earlier, Mrs. Pour Noohi had release a video asking Iranian government to release her daughter.’[3]

It is unclear what the outcome will be. The strike has been been a voice to the authorities in pleading for her release to obtain necessary medical treatment.

‘Maryam is 35 years old and was initially arrested in the winter of 2013 for alleged “actions against national security” through her Christian activities. She was held in temporary custody of the Intelligence police for three days while they raided her house and seized anything they could find related to her Christian faith. She was then transferred to Evin prison for interrogation where she was held for 19 days. Eventually she was released on bail until the date of her trial.’[4]