Amnesty International Expresses Concern about Afshin Sohrabzadeh’s Situation

Amnesty International Expresses Concern about Afshin Sohrabzadeh’s Situation

Published by on April 4, 2016


Amnesty International in a statement along with the request for urgent action, has announced that, Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority who is serving his 25 years imprisonment in exile in a remote prison, south of Hormozgan province, is in dire need of special medical treatment outside the prison. He is in a situation that his life is in danger, and being long away from a proper treatment has exacerbated this situation.

The statement indicates that Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 24, and political prisoner, is suffering from severe gastritis which has put his life in danger, and now is also suffering from respiratory difficulties and internal bleeding, and because of medical problems and serious physical condition, is in dire need of special medical treatment, but so far his request has been ignored.


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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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