Iranian political prisoner Arash Sadeghi Deprived of Medical Treatment

Though Iranian political prisoner Arash Sadeghi, jailed at Rajaee-Shahr Prison (Gohardasht) of Karaj, west of Tehran is suffering from severe colitis, three ulcers in his intestine, severe stomach ulcer and weakness of heart muscles, he is still deprived of medical treatment due to the meddling of IRGC in this affair. Most of his problems are side effects of his 70-day hunger strike.

He is also deprived of any visits by his family members in three months.

The last time he was arrested was in May-June, 2016 at Evin Prison’s court room.

In a report entitled Health taken hostage: Cruel denial of medical care in Iran’s prisons and published in July 2016, Amnesty International documented a pattern of political prisoners being denied timely specialized medical care outside prison, often as a deliberate act by the judicial authorities, in particular the Office of the Prosecutor and prison administrations.

Arash Sadeghi has been imprisoned in Tehran’s Evin prison since June 2016, serving two separate prison terms totaling 19 years. He is being punished for his peaceful human rights activities.

The human rights activist Arash Sadeghi and his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee were arrested together on 6 September 2014. After their arrest, He was taken to Section 2A of Evin prison, which is under the administration of the Revolutionary Guards, and held mostly in solitary confinement for six months before being released on bail. He has said that during this period he suffered torture and other ill-treatment.

Arash Sadeghi was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in August 2015 after Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran convicted him of spurious charges including “spreading propaganda against the system”, “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”, “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic” and “spreading lies”. The court also activated a four-year suspended prison sentence from 2011, which similarly related to his peaceful activism.

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