An Australian academic detained in an Iranian prison began a hunger strike with another academic.
From October 2018, the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran has hosted Melbourne University lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert.
She was accused of spying and was sentenced and sentenced to 10 years. A recent appeal has failed.
In a letter from Christmas Day, published by supporters of Gilbert-Moore and French-Iranian researcher Farib Adelkh, women say they have started to reject food and water.
The French Po Po Science School, where Adelkhah works as a research scientist, has confirmed this by tweet.
“CERI confirms the hunger strike launched by Fariba Adelkha and her fellow prisoner Kylie Moore-Gilbert,” the institute said on Wednesday.
Adelka was detained a few months ago and is also accused of spying.
The government has previously described the Moore-Gilbert situation as difficult, and Secretary of State Marise Payne said Australia would not accept spying charges against it.
“She received consular assistance and recently visited,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday. “I can assure you and I know how much Kylie knows and we do everything we can to bring her home.”
But Morrison said the government remains concerned about Moore-Gilbert’s welfare.