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Imprisoned Gonabadi Dervishes wrote a letter to Attorney General



In a letter from Evin prison to Mr. Jafari the Tehran Prosecutor, lawyers and Dervish rights activists object to being forced to wear prison uniform, use handcuffs and ankle-cuffs during their transfer to medical care centers or hospitals for treatment.
According to Majzooban Noor, nine jailed Gonabadi Dervishes in ward 350 at Evin prison in their letter expressed concern over the critical condition of sick prisoners, cessation of their medical treatment, and other pressures which are all in order to intensify pressures on prisoners of conscience and to humiliate them.
The letter referred to hostility to Sufism, chains and offenders clothes that is not befitting for a peaceful Darvish , discrimination in prison against transfer of political prisoners and also prisoners of conscience to medical centers.
In a part of this letter is quoted: “So far we have shown an amazing patience and had to bear such injustices patiently and we have just to recall the law, asked respect for laws and talked softly to officers … But it seems that this method does not work.”
In this letter Dervishes have announced their intention to go on hunger strike and explained: ” We jailed Dervishes, have taken the decision to begin a hunger strike and as Anti-Sufis do not care about our lives and health therefore we also do not care for material world, because:

The power of Gabriel was not from the kitchen;                 it was from beholding the Creator of existence.

But we have presently dispensed to start a hunger strike on the recommendation from friends and will wait to see what is God’s will and what will do.”

In another part of the letter they referred to the responsibility for the unfortunate consequences of this issue and have stated: “We will avoid going to hospital unless the order is canceled. The organizers and all the concerned authorities are responsible for any incidents or physical harm and suffering the its unfortunate consequence. If we are weak, our shelter is strong. We have a supporter who has the whole world in His hands. And always watching over us. According the holy verse from Surah Yusuf:

إنما أشكو بثي وحزني إلى الله
I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah.

And for just notice and exhort we say:

A deep sigh from heart of a dervish is just like a sharp rasp
If it doesn’t cut by itself, but will sharpen the main cutter

Now we would wait to see its unfortunate consequences.”

Gonabadi Dervish Lawyers and managers of Majzooban Noor website, Hamid Reza Moradi Sarvestani, Reza Entesari, Mostafa Daneshjou, Farshid Yadollahi, Amir Eslami, Omid Behroozi and Afshin Karampour were arrested by security forces on Shahrivar 1390 (September 2011) in the cities of Tehran and Shiraz and are sentenced to a sum of 60 years imprisonment .

Hamid-Reza Moradi suffers from cardiovascular disease and clogged arteries disease which is worrisome ( 70% Artery Blockage) and his doctor has also warned him further damage could see the leg amputated. Mostafa Daneshjou
is suffering from severe respiratory disease and asthma and according to the coroner’s certificate he has lost a considerable (at about 40%) of his lung capacity, so they should be immediately transferred to specialized treatment centers.

Since, under order from the judicial-security authorities, Dervishes are forced to wear the prison uniform, handcuffs and ankle-cuffs during their transfer to medical care centers and they refused to do so, they were prevented from the necessary treatments for their condition and have been refused access to medical treatment.