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United Nations and Government and International Organizations

Who is Arzhang Davoudi? He is the director of a school, a teacher, and a self-identified secular. His hunger strike continues in Rajai Shahr prison after two months.


LATEST UPDATE | September 17, 2010: Arzhang Davoudi is on hunger strike for more than 66 days. He is in critical condition. According to reports from last night, Arzhang Davoudi is suffering from delirium and speaks of death. Arzhang Davoudi’s weight has drastically declined by 35 kilograms.

Two nights ago, Arzhang Davoudi’s telephone privileges were restored, but he insists to remain on hunger strike until all his demands are met.

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September 15, 2010: Arzhang Davoudi has entered his 64th day of hunger strike. His health is severely critical. It is reported that the risk of death for this educator is high: http://persian2english.com/?p=14267

Arzhang Davoudi who has been on hunger strike for over two months, and as a result is hardly able to speak or open his eyes, was transferred to the clinic at Rajai Shahr prison on September 14, 2010.

Despite Arzhang Davoudi's extremely severe condition, at the clinic he was placed under pressure to sign a form which would assign him all responsibilities for the consequences of his hunger strike. He refused to sign the form while insisting to continue his hunger strike until all his demands are met.

Arzhang Davoudi went on hunger strike over two months ago in protest to the denial of his right to make a phone call and the stalling of his lawsuit against Ali Hajkazem, the director of Rajai Shahr prison. Davoudi has also stated that if his case regarding taking back his home and stopping his family from becoming homeless does not move forward, he would take his case to international tribunals.

The Davoudi home was confiscated and sold by the judiciary on the order of Judge Haddad who was presiding over the case at the time. Sometime ago, Arzhang's wife Nazanin Davoudi stated in an interview with Radio Farda, "Our home was our place of residence and a school where the cultural-educational center of Parto-e Hekmat was located. There were students studying at this place, but the residence was confiscated and its doors were sealed."

Arzhang Davoudi was arrested and has been in prison since November 9, 2003 on charges of "acting against national security" and writing the "Manifesto of Secular Iranians."


--> Arzhang Davoudi to His Wife in Meeting: "I will Continue My Hunger Strike Until All My Demands Are Met." http://chrr.biz/spip.php?article11024

--> Arzhang Davoodi Allowed Visit with Wife, in Critical Condition, Continues Hunger Strike. http://persian2english.com/?p=13833

--> A Letter by Nazanin Davoudi: How Do I Make One See this Non-Islamic Tyranny? http://persian2english.com/?p=13582

--> Physical Condition of Arzhang Davoodi Reaches Critical Peak, Hunger Strike Nears One Month. http://persian2english.com/?p=13481

--> Arzhang Davoodi on Hunger Strike to Protest Poor Prison Conditions. http://persian2english.com/?p=12896

--> Davoodi Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Transfer to “Doghouse”. http://persian2english.com/?p=6985

فشار بر ارژنگ داوودی برای قبول عواقب اعتصاب غذایش

کمیته گزارشگران حقوق بشر-ارژنگ داوودی پس از گذشت بیش ازدو ماه از اعتصاب غذا در حالیکه به سختی قادر به تکلم و گشودن پلک هایش می باشد صبح امروز به بهداری زندان رجایی شهر منتقل شد

با وجود شرایط به شدت نامناسب ارژنگ داودی در بهداری زندان رجایی شهر، ایشان تحت فشار قرار می گیرند تا فرمی را امضا کنندکه مسئولیت عواقب ادامه اعتصاب غذا را به عهده وی قرار می دهد.ایشان با تاکید بر ادامه اعتصاب تا رسیدن به تمام خواسته هایشان از امضای این فرم خودداری ورزیدند.

ارژنگ داوودی بیش از دو ماه پیش در اعتراض به قطع تلفن ها و عدم رسیدگی به شکایتیش از حاج کاظم رئیس زندان رجایی شهر، در اعتصاب غذا به سر می برد. این زندانی سیاسی همچنین عنوان نموده است در صورتی که برای باز پس گیری منزل و جلوگیری از آوارگی خانواده اش به شکایتش رسیدگی نشود به مراجع بین المللی شکایت خواهد کرد.

گفتنی است که منزل ارژنگ داوودی از سوی قوه قضاییه با حکم قاضی وقت پرونده، آقای حداد، مصادره و به فروش رسیده است.همسر ارژنگ داوودی چندی پیش در مصاحبه با رادیو فردا در رابطه با این مسئله گفته بود که "منزل ما هم محل سکونت بود و هم مدرسه. مدرسه‌ای که مجتمع فرهنگی و آموزشی«پرتو حکمت» درآن قرار داشت و محل تحصیل دانش آموزان بود، که پلمب شد."

ارژنگ داوودی در تاریخ 18 آبان سال ۸۲ تحت عنوان اقدام علیه امنیت ملی و نوشتن مانیفست سکولار ایرانیان دستگیر شد و تاکنون در زندان به سر می برد.


To: International Institutions

Arzhang Davoudi launched his hunger strike to protest the great pressures inflicted on him. His demands include [rights] to standard telephone conversations and visitation. He also demands that his complaint against the head of Rajai Shahr prison Ali Hajkazem be investigated. Arzhang Davoudi also stressed that his confiscated house should immediately be returned to him by the judiciary so that his family is not stranded.

His health is in critical condition and he needs immediate medical attention outside the prison. We also demand that his family's home is returned to them.

We the undersigned strongly condemn the imprisonment of Arzhang Davoudi and call upon the international community and human rights organizations to take actions for his immediate and unconditional release.

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The We Demand the Immediate Release of Arzhang Davoudi! In Danger of Death, Over Two Months on Hunger Strike! petition to United Nations and Government and International Organizations was written by Maryam and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.