Iran: Seriously-ill political prisoner denied adequate medical care

Majid Asadi

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 cannot 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.

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