Articles by hunger strikers

Life Is Beautiful and I am Still Alive

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Mojtaba Shadbash, hunger striker in Camp Liberty
Mojtaba Shadbash, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

By Mojtaba Shadbash, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

It was by a quirk of fate that I survived. Had I regained consciousness just a few minutes later, I would have been placed in one of the drawers of the morgue in an Iraqi hospital, along with a number of my friends who didn’t make it.

It was twilight in Ashraf. Iraqi agents in their attack on 8 April 2011 had taken us three as corpses and pulled with them to a corner of a building. I had been beaten within an inch of my life; the blows of sticks and clubs had left my head, face and hands broken and bloodied. M-16 bullets had crushed my legs. The Iraqi forces did not provide minimum medical treatment or even bother to take a look at us, seeking to hand me over to the forensics while I was unconscious. I don’t know, maybe the other two were also alive, or they did not have the chance to gain consciousness before being placed in the morgue drawers. Read the rest of this entry »


From prison to prison, a letter to my sister

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Shabnam Madadzadeh, Iranian student activist imprisoned by the mullahs
Shabnam Madadzadeh, Iranian student activist imprisoned by the mullahs

In 2008, Shabnam Madadzadeh, an Iranian student, was arrested and sent to jail by the forces of the Iranian regime because she was a student activist advocating freedom and democracy in Iran. In April 2011, Akbar and Mahdieh, two of her siblings who were in Camp Ashraf, were killed by the Iraqi forces in the course of a brutal raid against camp Ashraf. The following letter was submitted to “Free the 7” by Farshid, Shabnam’s younger brother, who is currently on hunger strike in Camp Liberty.

Dear Shabnam,

I write this letter from the prison that is ironically called Liberty. More than seven years have passed since I’ve seen you last, and I miss you very much. I know that there’s no way my letter can reach you in the depths of the mullahs’ dungeons, but writing itself eases some of the pain of not seeing you. I would’ve given anything to see you in person again and speak to you directly, but alas, you are in Evin prison, enduring torture at the hands of the mullahs, and I’m in Liberty Prison. Apparently, being far apart is another trial that we must both go through. Read the rest of this entry »

Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mean anything?

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By Fatemeh, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

We are on the doorsteps of the anniversary marking the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that recognizes freedom for all human beings regardless of any customs, sect, religion, and race and under any type of government. However, in this century – described to be the century of unprecedented developments in sciences and humane advances – will this document be actually recognized and will its articles be truly respected??!!

If so, what page of this document gives criminals the right to murder people execution-style, with bullets shot to the head at point blank range and hands tied behind their backs? Read the rest of this entry »

Truly, what is the objective of our hunger strike?

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By Samara Bazazian, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

We are poised to bring in a new order…

My words are aimed at all politicians who have chosen to remain silent, and are not willing to break their deadly silence for even a moment – yes, not even a moment – for whatever reason they want to call it.

It has been over 100 days since Maliki’s inhumane crime in Ashraf, where 52 people were executed, most with their hands tied behind their backs.

It has been over 100 days since seven of my closest friends, including six women, have been under the most vicious tortures in Nouri Maliki’s notorious prisons while on hunger strike. Read the rest of this entry »

A hundred days have passed

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Nima and his mother, holding Naser's picture
Nima and his mother, holding Naser’s picture

By Nima Habashi, Camp Liberty resident, brother of Naser Habashi, victim of Camp Ashraf massacre

Is there anyone out there to answer my call? Can anybody hear me? Must I travel to outer space and cry out in some other planet to end this storm of silence? Is Earth truly the planet where human beings love each other and help each other out and coexist in peace? Or has our world transformed into a huge prison where everyone seeks out his own interests, even if it means selling his own honor and dignity and putting his own kind in shackles? Read the rest of this entry »

Venerating without spending a dime

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By Ashraf Farshid, Camp Liberty hunger striker

Less than a week ago, Nelson Mandela, the historic leader of South Africa passed away. The heads of states and foreign affairs ministers offered condolences. Even Ban Ki Moon expressed his commiseration instead of remaining silent! The UN Security Council held a minute of silence in Mandela’s honor. Obama spoke offered kind words and the American flag was half-raised to pay homage to Mandela.

These are all actions taken by international bodies and governments after the death of this historic national leader. But was Mandela treated so kindly when he was still alive? Read the rest of this entry »

We will continue to stand for truth and human rights

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By Nader Afkari, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

We are well into the fourth month of our hunger strike for the freedom of the seven Camp Ashraf hostages abducted by Iraqi forces on September 1st. According to the Urgent Action issued by Amnesty International a couple of weeks ago, the seven Iranian dissidents abducted on September 1st are being incarcerated by Iraqi security forces in an unofficial prison in the Baghdad Green Zone, and they are facing the threat of being tortured or forcibly returned to Iran.

All of them had been promised protection by the US, but unfortunately, the promise was broken. Read the rest of this entry »