A third foreign national woman imprisoned in Iran is undertaking a hunger strike in support of British-Australian Kylie Moore Gilbert.
Ms Moore-Gilbert, an academic who was most recently a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Melbourne University, has been in Tehran’s Evin prison for more than a year, having reportedly been given a 10-year sentence.
She began a hunger strike on Christmas Eve along with another jailed woman, French-Iranian academic Dr Fariba Adelkhah, in protest at their treatment.
British Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is now planning to join them in refusing food, in solidarity.
In an open letter published by supporters and confirmed by the Centre for International Research at Sciences-Po where Dr Adelkhah works, the two academics said: “We will strike on behalf of all academics and researchers across Iran and the Middle East, who like us have been unjustly imprisoned on trumped up charges and simply doing their job as researchers.
“We have been subjected to psychological torture and numerous violations of our basic human rights.”