Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Three Political Prisoners Face Severe Health Problems

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Human Rights Activists in Iran

Three political prisoners who suffer from a multitude of medical conditions are denied treatment. HRA- The Prisoners' rights unit of HRA reports that the detained labor activist Jafar Ebrahimi requires special medical treatment for his back and disc injuries. After his correspondence with the Judiciary, the case judge inquired about his condition in the letters he sent to the prison officials. In the first letter, the judge called on the prison doctor to explain the physical condition of this prisoner, and in the second one, he demanded the reason of prison’s negligence and lack of accountability. However, despite poor physical condition of Mr Ebrahimi and while he can be sent on a sick leave from detention, he still remains in adverse conditions inside Evin due to prison officials’ lack of accountability. Hamed Rouhinejad, a post-election detainee sentenced to death on charges of having ties with a political organization also requires special medical treatment as he suffers from Multiple sclerosis (MS), poor right eye vision, and injuries in his right side due to mental pressure and MS. The court had sent two letters [to the prison] regarding this prisoner’s case but as no response was received from the prison doctor, an objection letter has also been sent.

If the current condition continues and he does not receive any medical treatment, his M.S. disease will deteriorate and lead to partial paralysis. Another ill political prisoner in Evin in need of medical treatment is Abbas Khorsandi who has been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment. This prisoner has a history of heart attack and was transferred to the central Evin clinic today because of severe internal disease including gastrointestinal problems. Previously he was given two short sick-leaves because of his heart disease; however, as those leaves are not extended and the medical treatment is not provided in prison, he has not fully recovered and is still at serious risk because of lack of medical treatment.