Life of imprisoned woman from Gonabadi Dervish community in danger
The life of prisoner of conscience Shahnaz Kiani is in danger. She has been deprived of adequate medical treatment despite her critical health condition in Qarchak Prison of Varamin, west of Tehran.
Shahnaz Kiani, was transferred to the prison clinic on May 19, but she was offended and verbally insulted by the doctor and the nurse. She was then returned to the ward without receiving treatment.
Shahnaz Kiani suffers high blood pressure, diabetes and severe stomach ache and her symptoms have aggravated due to mal-nutrition under harsh prison conditions. Presently, a new mass has appeared in her chest area and she has contracted ulcer and GI inflammation, but has not been cared for at the prison clinic.
Her cellmates say they have repeatedly transferred Ms. Kiani to the dispensary but the staff downplayed or dismissed the seriousness of her problems, offering simple pills and painkillers.
Ms. Kiani, a member of Gonabadi Dervish community, is one of the 11 Yaresan women imprisoned under harsh conditions since February 20, 2018. Ms. Kian has declared that protesting to the unlawful and shameful behavior of the doctor and nurse of the dispensary, she will not refer to the prison’s clinic. Her lack of access to medical treatment and the necessary medicines, has put her life in serious danger.
Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action on March 29, 2018, condemning the arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment of 11 women from Gonabadi Dervish religious minority and calling on the Iranian authorities to release them. AI named the 11 as Shokoufeh Yadollahi, Sepideh Moradi, Maryam Farisani, Nazila Nouri, Sima Entesari, Shima Entesari, Shahnaz Kiani, Maryam Barakouhi, Elham Ahmadi, Avisha Jalaledin and Sedigheh Safabakht.