Hunger strike

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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President Obama with hunger strikers images

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 »

Camp Liberty hunger strike continues until the release of seven hostages in Iraqi government’s custody

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As the hunger strike goes on, four more hunger strikers were put under medical care due to paleness, dizziness, inaction and pulse drop. They are currently under medical observation.

Many of the hunger strikers are being taken to the clinic and hospital every day, and they are suffering from dangerous symptoms. Yet the hunger strikers insist on continuing their hunger striker because the US still hasn’t broken its silence and hasn’t taken any action to free the seven Camp Ashraf hostages, who have been abducted by Iraqi forces on September 1st. Read the rest of this entry »

Continued critical situation of hunger strikers in Camp Liberty

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Hossein Tayar, hunger striker in Camp Liberty
Hossein Tayar, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

As the hunger strike in Camp Liberty reaches the end of its third month, more and more hunger strikers are facing critical health problems, and their lives are in grave danger.

One of the hunger strikers, Hossein Tayar, suffered from extreme weakness and dizziness due to dangerously low blood pressure level. He was immediately put under medical care and his health conditions have not yet stabilized. In the past three months, he has lost more than 16 percent of his body weight. Read the rest of this entry »

Report on Three months of hunger strike in Camp Liberty

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On the verge of the end of the third month of hunger strike many hunger strikers in Camp Liberty are in critical condition.

The hunger strike of PMOI members in Camp Liberty is in its thirteenth week. Release of the seven Ashraf hostages who were taken hostage on September 1 by forces under Maliki’s command is on top of the list of demands of the hunger strikers in Camp Liberty and in other countries.

This video report shows the hunger strikers’ health conditions in Camp Liberty.

Interview With Dr. Hassan Jazayeri about Camp Liberty Hunger Strike

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Dr. Hassan Jazayeri
Dr. Hassan Jazayeri diagnosing hunger strikers in camp Liberty

Hassan Jazayeri is a doctor tending to the needs of the hunger strikers at Camp Liberty, Iraq, place of residence of Iranian opposition, members of the People’s Mojahedin Oranization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He recently sat down with Iran News Update and gave us a detailed report on the health conditions of the residents participating in the global hunger striker. Jazayeri like many is very worried for the continued health of these individuals and the likelihood of further complications.

Read Dr. Jazayeri’s full report below: Read the rest of this entry »


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INU – Homa Roboby is a 29-year old woman living in Camp Liberty.  She was personally affected by the September 1, 2013 attack on Camp Ashraf as two of her friends were killed and seven others she was close to were injured.  Roboby was kind enough to sit down with Iran News Update for an exclusive interview where she discussed the attack on September 1, what it is like to be a participant for 60 days in a national hungers strike and what actions she believes are necessary for the United States and United Nations take immediately.


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