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ASILA detainees end hunger strike after police allowed family visit

ASILA members on hunger strike

Four detained members of the Association for the Support of Iranians Living in Albania ended their hunger strike.

Hassan Heirani, Gholamreza Shekari, Ali Hajari and Mehdi Soleimani had gone on a hunger strike to protest their unlawful detention in Karrec camp.

ASILA members on hunger strike

ASILA members on hunger strike

According to the statement made by ASILA, these four people ended their strike after the immigration and border Police of Albania permitted them to visit their Albanian wives. However, they warned the Albanian authorities that they will resume their hunger strike if their awkward detention keeps on.

Six members of ASILA association including Ehsan Bidi and Hassan Shahbaz have been detained by the illegal refugee detention center in Karrec since last month despite they are legal refugees owning residence permit in Albania. Hassan Shahbaz is still on hunger strike for the 7th day because he has not been allowed to contact his family outside Albania for over 30 days.

These six men are former members of the Mujahedin Khalq who defected the cult-like system of the group after they were relocated in Albania. The MEK commanders are frustrated by the activities of ASILA which aids the defectors of the group to get deradicalized and to begin a new life in the Albanian community. Thus, they make efforts to demonize ASILA members pushing them under the pressure of the Albanian government.

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