Arash Sadeghi is still deprived of Medical Care

Arash Sadeghi is still deprived of Medical Care

Published by on July 30, 2018

Arash Sadeghi is still deprived of medical care, after being transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. It is said that IRGC interrogators are preventing him to have medical treatment.

He is suffering from several diseases such as digestive complications due to his 71-day hunger strike, but the authorities do not allow him to be sent to hospitals outside the prison. His family’s request for transferring him to a hospital has been rejected by the Tehran prosecutor.

Amnesty International documented a pattern of political prisoners being denied timely specialized medical care outside prisons, often as a deliberate act by the judicial authorities, particularly the Prosecutor and prison administrations in Iran, in the report entitled Health taken hostage: Cruel denial of medical care in Iran’s prisons  in July 2016.

Arash Sadeghi has been imprisoned since June 2016, serving two separate prison sentences of 19 years in total. He is being imprisoned for his peaceful human rights activities.

Arash Sadeghi was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in August 2015 after Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran convicted him on accusations including “spreading propaganda against the regime”, “gathering and colluding against national security”, “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran” and “spreading lies”. The court also activated a four-year suspended imprisonment sentence from 2011, which similarly related to his peaceful human rights activities.

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