- Weekly report on Human Right Violation in Iran
- Vahid Asghari refused to appear in the court
- Akbar Amini the political activist arrested
- Behnam Ibrahimzadeh summoned to return prison
- Arash Sadeghi’s hunger strike continues
- Two Kurds die of self-immolation
- Israel won't accept less than total halt of Iran's nuclear enrichment
- Rowhani vows 'moderation,' but won't halt nuclear program
- Israel will do everything to prevent another Holocaust
- Iran takes key step in nuclear reactor construction
- Iran Candidate Attacks Jalili’s ‘Stubborn’ Nuclear Diplomacy
- UN nuclear chief blasts Iran for leading IAEA 'in circles'
- Iran’s women discriminated against by law
- Women, Law and Sexuality in Iran
- Iranian women are second-class citizens
- Women skirt Iranian music ban with fancy dress
- Religious leaders ban 30 women from running for Iran's presidency
- Iranian cleric: Women can't be president in Iran
- Report: Iran sending 4,000 troops to aid Assad
- Syria: North Korean military 'advising Assad regime'
- Iran cuts Hamas’ funding for backing Syrian opposition
- Neighbors in Lebanese city fight Syrian proxy war
- Hezbollah takes Syria risk at Iran's behest: experts
- Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, says US
Sunday 22 April 2012
(CNN) -- A prominent Iranian literary translator imprisoned since January on unknown charges is now on a hunger strike, and relatives say he sounds weak and fragile, a source close to his family said Sunday.
Mohammad Soleimani Nia is refusing solid food and is only drinking salted and sugared water as a way to protest his imprisonment without charge, the source said.
Soleimani Nia was detained in early January for unknown reasons and was being held in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison, notorious for its harsh conditions, the source said.
He was moved last Wednesday to a general section of the prison, but Soleimani Nia said that was so he would feel pressure to stop the hunger strike, according to the source.
Soleimani Nia is allowed to call home each week, but was told by authorities that he could not talk about his condition or the situation in prison, the source said. His family is allowed to see him on Mondays.
According to the source, the last time Soleimani Nia spoke to his family, he sounded really weak and fragile, but was not allowed to talk about his health.
The source says his family has gone to court several times a month to find out what charges have been filed against him, but they were ignored and not given any answers.
After Soleimani Nia's detention in January, his family expressed concern for his health, saying he is not a strong person physically. The source described him as a "gentle, polite person."
Firoozeh Dumas, an Iranian-American author whose best-selling book "Funny in Farsi" Soleimani Nia translated for the Iranian audience, described her friend as "a very gentle soul."
"He's a very innocent, very delicate man," Dumas said in January, adding, "I don't think he would physically survive" the harsh conditions of prison."