Iran: Human Rights Defenders, arbitrarily detained, are made to suffer again through lack of medical care

March 10, 2014

The FIDH, on 6 March 2014, issued a statement on the lack of access to medical care for human rights defenders in Iran, resulting in further deterioration of their health FIDH fears this may amount to a systematic practice aiming at further intimidating civil society voices critical of the regime.logo FIDH_seul

On March 2, 2014, several prisoners of conscience detained in Evin prison, Tehran, wrote their second open letter to the Head of the Iranian Judiciary to draw his attention to the lack of access to adequate medical treatment and facilities for sick detainees. They also stated that Judge Salavati – First Instance Branch 15 of the so-called Islamic Revolution Court – was responsible for the lack of access to medical treatment of a number of prisoners. Scores of ill prisoners in Iran are deprived from access to proper medical and health services. Tehran’s Evin prison officials are preventing a number of currently sick human rights defenders from access to adequate medical treatment. A non-inclusive list of such human rights defenders includes the following [1]: Ms. Bahareh Hedayat, a student and women’s rights defender, could be deprived from the possibility to have children, by denial of the right to pursue treatment out of prison. Mr. Hamidreza Moradi-Sarvestani, a manager of the Dervishes website who suffers from blockage of arteries, was hospitalised two weeks ago but was sent back to prison before he could receive his open heart surgery. Three other Dervishes are also in need of medical care. Mr. Mostafa Daneshju, a lawyer who has breathing problems, and was returned to jail from hospital before having access to necessary heart treatment. Mr. Afshin Karampour, a jurist, suffers from pains in kidneys and spinal cord which impede him from moving. Mr. Amir Eslami, another lawyer, is suffering from heart problems and migraine. Messrs Abdolfattah Soltani lawyer, Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki blogger, and Mohammad Davari journalist are also among the human rights defenders who are being refused the possibility to pursue their required medical treatment.

Iranian authorities deny prisoners access to medical care on purpose”, commented FIDH president Karim Lahidji. “They punish prisoners of conscience twice: first by arbitrarily arresting and imprisoning them, then by creating unbearable conditions of detention, including deprivation from medical treatment for sick prisoners, that aggravates further their bad health and physical conditions”.

via Iran: Grave concern over lack of access to medical care for sick prisoners of conscience – FIDH.

One Response to “Iran: Human Rights Defenders, arbitrarily detained, are made to suffer again through lack of medical care”

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