The Evin prison in North of Tehran, is far beyond the borders of the Iranian capital is known – and notorious. The conditions in the detention station as a particularly brutal. Two women, sitting there for years, are Narges Mohammadi and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

they are both sick, it even has confirmed this to be a prison doctor. Nevertheless, the Iranian judiciary denied the two women without giving reasons the necessary investigations and treatments.

Mohammadi and Zaghari-Ratcliffe have decided now to be a drastic step to protest against their conditions of detention. 14. to 16. January want to get the two women in a temporary hunger strike. You write in a joint public letter.

Two prominent prisoners of the regime

The two are among the most famous political prisoners in Iran. The human rights activist Mohammadi is Vice-President of the centre for human rights, founded by Nobel peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.

Mohammadi has been imprisoned since 1998, and sentenced to, among other things, because of “founding a banned group”, “Assembly and conspiracy against national security” and “spreading Propaganda against the System” multiple long prison sentences.

finally, a revolutionary court in Tehran, Mohammadi sentenced in may 2016, to a total of 16 years in prison. The 46-Year-old is seriously ill. She suffers from a blood clot in her lungs and a neurological disease, seizures and paralysis.

Mohammadi is the mother of eleven-year-old twins. They live in Mohammadis husband, Taghi Rahmani, who fled in 2012 after Serving a sentence of imprisonment in exile in France. Last Mohammadi was allowed to make phone calls in the summer of 2015 with your children.

Boris Johnson only made things worse

Zaghari-Ratcliffe possesses the British and Iranian nationality. She is an associate of the journalists Foundation of Thompson Reuters. In April 2016, it was taken at the end of a family visit to Iran at the airport in Tehran and sentenced to a year and a half later, five years in prison.

Narges Mohammadi (archive image from 2007)

The process took place behind closed doors, that is why until today, clearly, for what Zaghari-was punished Ratcliffe. Apparently, the allegations relate to her time as an employee of the BBC World Service Trust, an Organisation that bloggers and citizen journalists trains in the world – even in Iran.

From February 2009 to October 2010, Zaghari-Ratcliffe worked for the BBC World Service Trust, according to the organization, however, it was only administrative, and not the content.

In November 2017, the then British foreign Minister, Boris Johnson Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in addition, in distress, as he claimed, the woman have taught Iranians very probably the work of a journalist. The Prisoners had to appear again before a judge, and Johnson withdrew the Remarks after almost two weeks.

More than a thousand days behind bars

In August 2018, the woman was allowed to leave for three days in the Evin-prison, so she could meet her husband, Richard Ratcliffe and her four-year-old daughter Gabriella. Shortly thereafter, she suffered a panic attack and was temporarily transferred to the prison hospital.

The 40-Year-old also suffers from numbness symptoms in the arms and legs. In addition, Zaghari has felt-Ratcliffe, according to her husband’s nodes in the chest, which should be investigated. The Iranian judiciary denied, as well as the contact to an external psychiatrist.

last Friday, the wife spent the day behind bars. The British foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on this occasion, Iran was abusing Zaghari-Ratcliffe as Deposit, in order to allow concessions to be squeezed out.

dispute over a 40-year-old arms deal

A judge should have told her in the past year, it’s going to a weapons deal, the United Kingdom and Iran in the seventies, had closed. At the time of the Shah’s Chieftain had ordered tanks in the United Kingdom, and pre-paid.

After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, London refused to deliver the arms, back paid, up to today, but only a part of the advance payment. About how much money is still outstanding and what interest rates have been accumulated may argue both governments for almost four decades. An agreement is not in sight, also because of the sanctions against Iran.

The hope of a speedy release seem to have both women for the First to be abandoned. In your open letter, it’s just a matter of making the time in prison a bit more bearable. For the case that the Iranian judiciary ignored their demands for medical treatment, announce “further steps”.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.