Iran: Women activist Prisoner Infected With Coronavirus in Prison

Iran: Women activist Prisoner Infected With Coronavirus in Prison

Published by on May 4, 2020

International Liberty Association: Political prisoner Nejat Anvar Hamidi has been infected with coronavirus in Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province. She has been deprived of getting access to medical care. She needs antibiotics. But she was only given fever tablets.

At least 50 human rights activists, civil activists and political women prisoners have contracted the coronavirus in Sepidar Prison. All of them have been sent to quarantine ward.

It should be mentioned that Nejat Anvar Hamidi, 62, suffers from severe eye disease. Iran authorities arrested her in March 2019 on charges of supporting an opposition group.

She also was arrested in 1981 for the same charge and held in behind the bars for more than 2 years. Nejat Anvar Hamidi was eventually released on bail.

In March 2019, she received a warrant and she was re-arrested again. After procedures, she got a new sentence of 5 years imprisonment and was transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz to serve the rest of her sentence.

ILA: Nejat Anvar Hamidi’s husband and daughter were also arrested, interrogated, and threatened. The authorities informed the family members that they had no right to legal counsel. They were also told that if they sought counsel anyway, they would be arrested on charges of failing to cooperate with intelligence forces and representing a threat to national security.

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