IOPHR - Hengameh Shahidi, the journalist, women's rights activist and the advisor on Women's Affairs to Sheikh Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi, on 10th March, was illegally arrested and imprisoned in Evin Prison. Ms Shahidi who is on her 24th day of hunger strike is currently in a very critical condition, and in her last contact with her family on 1st April asked her family to forgive her for any hurt she might have caused and to consider her last words to them as her will and last testament.
The last Will and Testament of Hengameh Shahidi:
I am on my 24th day of my Hunger Strike without food and medicine and over the last few days I have stopped drinking altogether which includes even water or tea. I ask everyone to forgiven me and wear a white dress and sing the famous song of Morghe Sahar (Dawn Bird) for me. I have also written a two page last Will and Testament that I have given to my interrogators and asked them to give it to my family.
Also as I have not had the opportunity to obtain an organ donation card, if after my death any of my organs can be of a benefit to anyone please donate them. If my body spends its last day in this prison, or in a mortuary then the act of donating my organs falls to the authorities such as the Prosecutor, The Judiciary, and Information Ministry or to the President.
I have nothing to lose anymore and I have not committed any crime. If I die, no criminal charges can be levied against me, as I have done nothing and therefore I do not accept any charges. When some is to be executed for Murder and is sitting on a death row he is always allowed to meet his family; but I, who am not guilty of any crime, am deprived of even this simple right. As I am not allowed to see my family. Alas, I will no longer even ask to see my family, as I don't think I will be alive much longer.
For I can no longer hear anything and no one is even allowed to attend to me or to see me from the prison's infirmary. My heart is also not in a good condition and I am no longer capable of walking and I can only move myself by crawling in my prison cell. I do not think I have more than 4 or 5 days to live, and I have already told what I have just shared with you to my interrogators in Evin Prison.
I simply ask for forgiveness from all my friends and family.
1st April 2017