Parvin Mokhtare, mother of hunger-striking human rights activist and journalist Kouhyar Goudarzi, told RFE/RL that the prisoners’ families have no news about their children, even those who did not participate in the hunger strike.
She said prisoners have been told they will be allowed to make phone calls only if they write a letter of recantation.
It’s unclear if the apparent ban on phone calls applies to all prisoners held in Ward 350 or political prisoners only.
According to the opposition Kalemeh website, the authorities have ordered prisoners to write a letter expressing remorse for protesting against mistreatment by prison guards and for launching the hunger strike. Prisoners have also been told to ask for forgiveness from prison authorities.