Iran: Political prisoner subjected to denial of medical treatment

Prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is being tortured by the Revolutionary Guards through refusal of his treatment. The officials are blocking his access to urgent medical care after a long hunger strike under the pretext of missing medical records.

Sadeghi is suffering from respiratory problems and a stomach ulcer is preventing him from eating solid food. His health condition deteriorated during his hunger strike and has worsened as a result of his ongoing lack of access to medical care.

Last week he underwent a number of medical tests and was examined by a doctor. However, his medical records were missing.

Doctors have warned that lack of protein would seriously damage his heart, liver and kidneys. They say he  to hospitalize in order to receive protein serum under special care.

The denial of access to medical treatment put Sadeghi at risk of death or irreversible damage to his health.

Arash Sadeghi staged a 72-day hunger protesting the imprisonment of his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, eventually forcing authorities to release his wife on temporarily.

Iraee was rearrested and returned to Evin Prison on January 22th, despite authorities having promised to extend her prison leave until her case had gone through the judicial review process.

Arash Sadeghi has been transferred to Evin’s section 350 where political prisoners are denied any phone calls or family visits . He has been kept under repeated interrogation and enormous pressure during the past week.

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