Baha’i Prisoner Heart Failure and Deprivation of Medical TreatmentPublished by Tirdad on May 31, 2019
Hasan Momtaz Sarvestani, a Baha’i prisoner, hold in Evin prison, was transferred to hospital on Tuesday for medical examinations. Although his specialist recommended hospital stay to undergo medical treatments, he was returned to the prison next day. He is from Shiraz city and has been sentenced to five years in prison on the charge of teaching Persian literature at the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE).
He began his sentence on 28 December, 2017 in Shiraz Adelabad prison and then was transferred to Evin prison about a year later.
Baha’i citizens of Iran are systematically deprived of religious freedoms, while according to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, all people are entitled to freedom of religion, belief, and changes thereof, as well as the right to express and practice those beliefs as individuals or collectives, in public or in private.
Though unofficial sources estimate the Baha’i population of Iran at more than 300,000, Iran government ignores their religious rights and their as access to higher education at universities.