Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Seriously-ill political prisoners denied adequate medical care in Iran prisons

Intensifying pressure on prisoners
The henchmen of the mullahs regime in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj have increased pressure on political prisoners in Hall 10, Ward 4. By destroying the medical records of prisoners and preventing them from being transferred to a hospital or even prison clinic, they are torturing them physically and psychologically.
Majid Asadi, a political prisoner, is suffering from a variety of diseases, including acute digestive disease with unbearable pain. Arash Sadeqi, who is in a dire situation after long hunger strikes in protest to the deteriorating prison conditions and arbitrary arrests, was immediately returned to prison after surgery and was deprived of the minimum medical treatment. Hassan Sadeqi, another prisoner, is at risk of tearing of the eye veins and blindness because of the blows that the torturers have inflicted to his head and his eyes. Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi is also in severe condition due to heart disease and old age.
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Iranian Prisoner of Conscience Denied Adequate Medical Care
#ArashSadeghi is suffering from cancer needed further treatment 
had a pre-arranged doctor's appointment. Authorities hindered the process & did not permit his commute to the hospital.

The  Human rights activist  Arash Sadeghi diagnosed with bone cancer forcibly returned to prison from hospital after surgery without complete treatment.
Recently he had a pre-arranged doctor's appointment. Authorities hindered the process & did not permit his commute to the hospital.
His arm needs medical attention after surgery & is currently infected.
Following this major surgery, his wife Golrokh Iraee was not allowed to visit her husband. She is currently serving a six year sentence at the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran.
The treatment of Mr. Sadeghi is completely inhumane and the doctors and medical staff at the hospital had also voiced their disgust at his poor treatment. There were a number of heated exchanges between medical staff and security agents.
A source has said that a judicial official had insisted on transferring Mr. Sadeghi back to hospital early and against the medical advice of the doctors.
The mistreatment of prisoners, especially political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, is very worrying in Iran. A number of human rights organisations have called on the Iranian authorities to stop its abuse and maltreatment of such prisoners according to international laws and regulations.
However, nothing has happened – the abuse continues and prisoners in dire need of medical attention or medication are often denied it. There is often a lot of secrecy around such situations so that the regime’s actions are not made too visible.

Majid Assadi  AND Saied shirzad

Political Prisoners’ Health Conditions Deteriorating

Health conditions of political prisoners in Iran’s Rajaee-Shahr prison have deteriorated as prison officials and regime’s judiciary prevent the prisoners from being sent to health centers. According to reports, the political prisoner ‘Majid Assadi’, who is suffering from his liver tumor, is in critical condition due to being denied of necessary medical treatments.
Meanwhile, Assadi’s family have repeatedly referred to regime’s prosecutor office, demanding that the political prisoner be hospitalized and undergo specialized treatment, a demand that is yet to be accepted by regime officials despite the doctors emphasizing that Majid Assadi needs to immediately undergo specialized treatment.
In the meantime, Saeid Shirzad also needs medical treatment following his longtime hunger strike. The political prisoner is suffering from kidney and lumbar disc problems and his health status has deteriorated following his hunger strike.

While -- following two months of efforts by Shirzad’s family -- regime’s prosecutor has permitted the political prisoner to undergo physiotherapy treatment, the prison officials still refuse to do so.
Majid Assadi was sentenced to six years in prison a few months ago for ‘acting against national security through gathering and colluding’ and ‘launching propaganda against the regime’.
He declared a few weeks ago that regime’s judiciary considers his refusal to take part in a state TV interview as a proof of his alleged charges. Majid Assadi was last arrested in his house in Karaj by security forces in January 2017, during which the agents inspected Assadi’s residing place and seized some of his personal belongings.
Assadi, 34, was previously arrested for his political activities. The former Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabi University’s student activist was first arrested in July 2008 by regime’s Ministry of Intelligence. He was released three month later on bail. In March 2010, branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati sentenced Assadi to four years in jail on charges of ‘gathering and colluding to act against national security’. The sentence was then also approved by regime’s appeals court, following which the former student activist was taken to section 350 of the notorious Evin Prison on October 5, 2011. After serving his four year sentence, Assadi was released from prison on June 8, 2015.
Saeid Shirzad and a number of other political prisoners staged a two-month hunger strike starting from July 23, 2017, to protest against pressures applied to prisoners by Rajaee-Shahr prison officilals. Shirzad was later beaten and transferred to prison’s section 3 in mid-September, 2017.
Shirzad was first arrested after launching a relief operation for Azarbayjan’s quake-stricken residents. He was released 19 days later on bail. On June 2, 2014, Shirzad was once again arrested in his workplace in Tabriz Refinery and transferred to Evin Priosn. He was later sent into exile in Rajaee-Shahr prison for his pursuing prisoners’ protests.
After going through 15 months of uncertainty and imprisonment, Shirzad was charged with ‘gathering and colluding’ and sentenced to five years in prison by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court Judge Abolghasem Salavati. This was while the political prisoner was earlier sentenced to one year suspended imprisonment, a sentence that was turned into a prison term in the new court ruling.
Among his activities, Shirzad was involved in relief operations in Bushehr’s quake-stricken areas as well as Sistan and Baluchestan’s deprived ones. Shirzad was also involved in educating quake-hit children in deprived areas, providing healthcare training and facilities, outfitting accommodations set up for earthquake survivors, providing standard electrical wiring for earthquake victims’ residing conexes, and communicating with quake-hit and suffering children so as to prepare them for dealing with their unfavorable conditions.

According to reports obtained from inside Iran, the past months have seen a spike in arrests and executions. In fear of mass anti-state protests similar to those that took place in 2009, the regime has resorted to raid the homes of political and human rights activists in Iran, especially the supporters of the main resistance group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). This happens against the backdrop of a widespread campaign in Iran condemning the regime’s three-decade-long crimes in the country’s prisons, especially the massacre of 30 thousand political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
Following is the news about the critical health condition of  political prisoner who are the supporter of Iranian opposition and MEK:

Political Prisoners Urge International NGOs to Investigate Case of Inmate With Suspected Cancer

Three human rights activists held in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Iran have written a letter urging international rights groups to help fellow political prisoner Majid Assadi, who has been denied otside medical treatment despite severe health problems.
“For a long time, Assadi—who is suspected of suffering from intestinal cancer—has been having difficulty sleeping because of the severity of the pain and constant vomiting, and yet his frequent visits to the prison clinic have not improved his condition,” said the letter, signed by political prisoners Arash Sadeghi, Saeed Shirzad, and fellow inmate Saeed Mansouri.
“Since the authorities do not have any sense of responsibility, we request Amnesty International, as well as Reporters and Doctors Without Borders, investigate this matter,” wrote the activists.
The case of former political prisoner Alireza Rajaee, who lost part of his face due to sinus cancer that he says was left untreated while he was held in Evin Prison, has put the spotlight on the ongoing denial of medical care to political prisoners in Iran.
In October 2017, labor activist Mohammad Jarrahi died from thyroid cancer that was left untreated while he was held as a political prisoner in Tabriz Prison, his former lawyer, Naghi Mahmoudi, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
A source close to the Assadi family told CHRI that the political activist has been denied access to his prescribed medications.
“His medications have been cut off and according to his doctor, the problems in his digestive tract could spread to other organs if he doesn’t receive treatment,” said the source, who requested anonymity for security reasons.
“The signs are not good,” added the source. “His doctor said it could be anything from intestinal inflammation to cancer.”
The judiciary has denied pleas by Assadi’s mother for her ailing son to receive urgent medical treatment outside the prison, based in the city of Karaj.
“He has serious digestive problems and can’t eat anything,” Assadi’s mother, who requested that her first name be withheld, told CHRI. “He looked pale…he has lost 10 kilos. He doesn’t eat… The prison lacks facilities.”
A prominent human rights lawyer who was incarcerated in Rajaee Shahr Prison told CHRI in April 2016 that “the prison was not in any condition to hold that many prisoners.”
“The clinic did not have medicines to treat anything worse than a cold, let alone high blood pressure,” said Mohammad Seifzadeh, adding that the cells have severely limited ventilation. “Bad nutrition and lack of vitamins weakened the prisoners.”
Majid Assadi, 35, has been detained at Rajaee Shahr Prison since his arrest by Intelligence Ministry agents in Karaj on February 18, 2017. He was tried for the charge of “assembly and collusion against national security” on November 5, 2017.
“A verdict will be issued next week,” Mrs. Assadi told CHRI. “His trial was at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. I wasn’t in the courtroom, but I did see him. He couldn’t discuss his case.”
“They refused to free him on bail and instead extended his detention,” she added. “We asked to let him go free on bail to get treatment, but the court refused.”
Furlough, temporary leave typically granted to prisoners in Iran for a variety of familial, holiday, and medical reasons, is routinely denied to political prisoners as a form of additional punishment.
Intelligence Ministry agents previously arrested Assadi on July 3, 2008, while he was a student activist at Allameh Tabatabaie University in Tehran.
In March 2010, he was sentenced to four years in prison for “assembly and collusion against national security” by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. After the Appeals Court upheld his sentence, Assadi began his prison term on October 5, 2011. He was released on June 8, 2015.
“When he was out of prison he was fine,” Mrs. Assadi told CHRI. “But when he first went to prison, he developed back pains. This time his stomach and intestines are a mess and the pain won’t let him sleep at night.”
“He got worse when he joined a mass hunger strike,” she added.
A mass hunger strike was launched by at least 20 inmates in Rajaee Shahr Prison in August 2017 after more than 50 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience were suddenly transferred without notice or their personal belongings from Ward 12 to the security-enhanced Ward 10 on July 30, 2017.

Seriously-ill political prisoner denied adequate medical care
Majid Asadi, a political prisoner and civil activist who has been detained in an uncertain condition in Gohardasht Prison, currently has denied medical treatment in a hospital outside the prison. He recently suffered from digestive problems in prison.
Majid Asadi’s mother says her son’s illness is suspected of bowel cancer. “My son’s intestinal illness has already been acute and he cannot eat at all, he has nausea, he can not even sleep at nights due to severe pain. He suffers from abdominal pain but prison authorities don’t care. Majid should be admitted to a hospital outside the prison, I do not know what to do now,” she added.
Recently three political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison also expressed concern about the deteriorating health condition of Majid Asadi, and emphasized that prison authorities refuse to provide him any care.
Majid Assadi was arrested by agents of the Iran’s intelligence ministry on February 18, 2017. Assadi was kept in solitary confinement under severe duress for 50 days, and was incarcerated in Evin’s wards 209 and 240 for months before being transferred to the Gohadasht prison in Karaj, west of Tehran. Incidentally, his transfer took place a short while before the foreign ambassadors’ tour of Evin.
After months, Assadi still awaits to be tried for charges of supporting the opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
Assadi previously served another four-year prison term from 2011 to 2015 for attending a ceremony commemorating the victims of the 1999 student protests in Tehran.
Political prisoner Alireza Gholipour

Political prisoner Alireza Gholipour on 29 day of Hunger Strike is in dire condition
Alireza Golipour, 30, is deprived of medical care despite suffering from lung cancer and severe and continuous bleeding of the nose. As a student in communications and a former staff of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, he was arrested in the course of the 2009 uprising. He was once again arrested in October 2012 after he exposed governmental corruption including by the Minister of Intelligence. After many months of torture and solitary confinement, he was transferred to the ward of ordinary prisoners in Evin Prison where he was harassed by the regime’s mafia-like gangs. His family has also been constantly threatened.
On February 1, 2016 he sent out a statement addressed to the “people of Iran” from Evin Prison, inviting them to resist against the mullahs’ regime.
“After three years of enduring torture, I still chant loudly that this regime is a dictatorship and is the number one oppressor of all time of this country’s people.”

“I proudly tell the dear Iranian nation that I stand firm on my beliefs. I urge the international community to see to the [Iranian] people’s rights that have been usurped from them by this dictatorship,” he added, that he was tortured during interrogation and that he is forbidden to meet with his lawyer.

Seven Years of Illness and Uncertainty, a Report on the Status of an Imprisoned Father and Son
NCRI - Two political prisoners, a father and a son, after enduring more than seven years in prison in Section 350 of Evin Prison are still in a state of limbo.
Despite the passage of years since the original conviction of Mohsen and Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam and their protest to the verdict, the judiciary refuses to issue a final verdict under the pretext of "lost file".The physical condition of the two political prisoners who have been deprived of many rights because of legal uncertainty is undesirable.This inadequate condition is while Ahmad Daneshpur, despite his illness, is the nurse of his 72-year-old ill father in prison.Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam and his wife Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabbagh and his parents Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam and Mottahareh Bahrami Haghighi along with Hadi Ghaemi, a family friend, were arrested on December 28, 2009, when security officials entered their home. Less than a month later, on January 16, 2010, they were all tried and sentenced to death in a lower court without legal representation, and with state chosen counsel, by the judge Salavati. The detainees were in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison until sentencing and were held incommunicado.

Daughter of Political Prisoner Mohammad-Ali Mansouri, Writes a Letter to AsmaJahangir                                  Mohammad-Ali Mansouri, political prisoner of the 90’s and member of PMOI, has been transferred on April 23 to an unknown location by Gohardasht prison gurads, with no news of him ever since.Meanwhile,                                To read the Text of the letter click here

Call to save political prisoner Mr. Mohammad Ali Mansouri

The Iranian Resistance warns about the plot against the life of political prisoner Mohammad Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri, and calls on all international human rights organizations for an urgent and effective action to save his life.
Sunday morning, April 23, henchmen raided Section 4, Hall 12 of Gohardasht prison in Karaj and transferred political prisoner Mohammad Ali Mansouri to an unknown location. He was a political prisoner in the 80’s and a family member of Mojahedin. He was arrested in Tehran in September 2007 for taking part in ceremonies commemorating the prisoners massacred in 1988, charged with 'supporting the PMOI' and 'propaganda against the regime and collusion with intent to act against state security', and sentenced to 15 years in prison and exile.

Zahra ZehtabchiZahra Zehtabchi is deprived of the right to enjoy leave                        Political prisoner Zahra Zehtabchi has been deprived of enjoying any leaves from prison.Ms. Zehtabchi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for supporting the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). She has been in prison since 2013.            Read more

Two Former Political Prisoners Rearrested, Call for Their Release

The Iranian regime’s repressive forces rearrested two former political prisoners by the names of Misters Mohammad Banazadeh Amir Khizi, 71, and Assadollah Hadi, 57, on Saturday night, February 18th, and Sunday morning, February 19th.                                   Read more


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