Memory of political prisoner Mohsen Dokmechi honored in Iran

Memory of political prisoner Mohsen Dokmechi honored in Iran

Published by on April 1, 2015

dokmachi-300Friends and family of deceased political prisoner, Mohsen Dokmechi honored his memory. Mr Dokemechi, a well-known Tehran Bazaar merchant and supporter of the main Iranian opposition movement, died in prison three years ago due to deliberate denial of access to medical care by the regime.

Mr. Mohsen Dokmechi, 53, a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), had served several years in prison in the 80s and was one of the most famous and reputable merchants of Tehran Bazaar. After his last arrest, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and exile in August 2009 on the charge of assisting the families of political prisoners and having a daughter in Camp Ashraf.

After being diagnosed with cancer, the Iranian regime’s henchmen prevented his treatment for months. Finally, after several months of delay, they hospitalized him while his hands and feet were enchained and three armed agents from the mullahs’ intelligence service guarded him in the hospital.

Following major surgery, doctors mentioned in a letter to the regime’s prosecutor that the patient needed chemotherapy and special medical care because of the long delay in his surgery. However, the regime neglected the doctors’ recommendations and took him back to prison right after his surgery.

Despite severe pain and the physicians’ recommendations, the regime’s agents held him in ward 4 of Gohardasht prison under intolerable conditions.

In order to torture him to death they did not even give him painkillers. Finally he died following nine months of imprisonment and torture.

Despite numerous calls by international human rights organizations to stop the deliberate denial of medical care to sick political prisoners in Iran – leading to their deaths – the Iranian regime continues this inhumane torture.

Every year friends and family of Mr. Dokmechi honor his memory by laying wreaths on his burial site, not only to respect his devotion to the cause of freedom and democracy, but also to continue to protest the torturing of political prisoners in Iran by denying them timely access to medical care.

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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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