Iran: Female prisoner denied medical leave

Iran: Female prisoner denied medical leave

Published by on January 30, 2016

Tahereh-JafariOfficials of the Public Prosecutor’s Office have turned down conditional release and medical leave for Tahereh Jafari, currently detained in the women’s ward of Tehran’s Evin Prison.

Jafari, 54, suffers from back and heart problems. Physicians have emphasized that she needs to be constantly cared for and sent to a hospital every three months to receive proper treatment.

Jafari was arrested and transferred to ward 209 on November 6, 2012. She was held for two months under interrogation in solitary confinement without being able to visit her lawyer or family members.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

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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