ICC Note: Maryam Naghash Zargaran, A Christian prisoner in Iran, has ended her hunger strike that lasted for over three weeks. Zargaran is serving four years in prison for her faith and ministry in the Islamic nation. She suffers from various medical conditions and has not received proper medical attention while imprisoned. Over the summer she was granted a few weeks medical leave but was summoned back to prison before completing her treatment. This sparked her most recent hunger strike which began on July 9 and ended on July 31 after prison authorities promised to handle her case more fairly.
08/06/2016 Iran (Mohabat News):Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian prisoner who had gone on a hunger strike on Saturday, July 9, 2016, broke her hunger strike on Sunday, July 31, 2016 as prison authorities promised a fairer handling of her case.
She initially began her strike demanding to be released, despite her many illnesses. The 22-day hunger strike has taken a serious toll on Ms. Zargaran’s health.
Sources close to Ms. Zargaran’s family report that they have been able to visit her and heard her saying authorities have given her some positive promises which eventually convinced her to break her hunger strike.
Ms. Zargaran’s initial 11-day hunger strike resulted in authorities granting her a medical leave on a heavy bail, but they took her back to prison before she could complete her treatment.
Only three days before breaking her strike, Ms. Zargaran 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.
It is not clear what those positive promises by Iranian authorities could bring for Ms. Zargaran. Her Hunger strike has been her last chance of raising her voice and pressure Iranian authorities to treat her case fairly.