(7 July 2010) Iranian authorities are victimizing prisoners of conscience by subjecting them to dangerously unhealthy prison conditions and refusing them medical treatment when they become ill, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported today.
“Iran is targeting prisoners of conscience by subjecting them to overcrowding, disease, inadequate accommodations, insanitary conditions, malnutrition, and lack of access to medical care,” said Hadi Ghaemi, spokesperson for the Campaign.
Narges Mohammadi, Deputy Director of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, detained on 10 June 2010, was hospitalized following her recent release. During her detention, she developed severe fainting spells in prison under interrogation. Instead of providing her with proper medical care, her jailors subjected her to further lengthy interrogations.
Over a hundred post-election prisoners are held inside Ward 350 of Evin prison and are routinely denied access to proper medical care and subjected to exposure to filth, bad air, and low-quality food. A number of prisoners are suffering serious health problems that have been exacerbated by the unhealthy conditions in Ward 350 and other wards of Evin prison, including Zia Nabavi, Peyman Karimi Azad, Hamze Karami and Majid Tavakoli.