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French researcher held in Iran goes on hunger strike

Image: Georges Seguin [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Calls to free anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah, imprisoned by Iranian authorities for more than six months

Academics across France have renewed calls for pressure to be brought to bear on Iran to release Fariba Adelkhah, who has started a hunger strike to achieve her release.

The Franco-Iranian anthropologist, based at the Paris Sciences Po university, has been on hunger strike since December 2019, it has been revealed. Adelkhah was arrested in June last year and is held in Evin Prison in Tehran. He has been accused by the Iranian regime of spying, a claim roundly dismissed by her colleagues. 

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