Iranian political prisoner deprived of medical care

Iranian political prisoner Majid Assadi (File)
Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 15, 2019—Iranian regime authorities in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, are hindering the medical care that political prisoner Majid Assadi needs by not permitting his transfer to a hospital.

This political prisoner is suffering from various illnesses, including his glands and digesting system, eyes and spinal cord. Prison authorities are demanding that he wear prison clothing when sent to a hospital. This is a method used by Iranian regime authorities to humiliate political prisoners when sent outside of their controlled facilities and into the public.

Back in November 2017, Assadi was sentenced by a regime court to six years behind bars on vague charges, such as “threatening national security through assembly and collusion,” and “propaganda against the state.”

Back in late September of this year, a court hearing scheduled for Assadi was canceled for the second time following his refusal to wear prison uniforms during his transfer for the court procedures. Assadi was also protesting illegal measures taken by prison authorities, according to reports obtained from inside Iran.


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Prior to this, Assadi was summoned to a court affiliated to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison on August 18. However, those hearings were also canceled due to his refusal to succumb to the authorities’ demand to wear prison uniforms. Assadi was also protesting the authorities’ insistence on him putting on handcuffs and chaining his feet.

Reports in August indicated Iranian regime authorities had also denied medical care for Assadi and Arash Sadeghi, another political prisoner, who has cancer, back in August.

Assadi suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a rheumatism disease that affects the spine, according to physicians. He also has ulcers and inflammation in his vision network. Assadi’s digestive problems have intensified as a result of prison authorities’ continued hindering of his medical process.

AS syndrome is considered a dangerous disease and Assadi needs to visit a hospital outside the prison every three months to control the illness. However, due to obstructions imposed by prison authorities and the regime’s judiciary, he has no access to physicians and specialized care.

Assadi, a graduate from Alameh Tabatabaei University, was arrested in 2017 in his home, also on charges of “propaganda and conspiracy against the establishment.” He was sentenced to six years in prison and two years in exile. He also spent four years in prison between 2011 and 2015.

Back in 2012, Assadi went on hunger strike for one week protesting the measures of the regime’s so-called courts against two political prisoners in Ward 350 in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. The two prisoners were Ali Moezi and Vahid Asghari, who were transferred to solitary confinement and banned from any visits.

Arash Sadeghi, after undergoing surgery in September 2018, was immediately returned to prison on orders of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the prosecutor’s office. Sadeghi needs to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy. However, regime authorities continue to hinder the process of his urgently needed medical care.

Sadeghi, a political prisoner, and human rights activist, is serving a 15-year prison sentence on charges of insulting the leaders of the Iranian regime and “propaganda and conspiracy against the establishment,” a common allegation used against anyone who speaks against the regime. In August, Amnesty International issued a warning on the health conditions of Sadeghi.

In September 2018, doctors diagnosed him with ulcers and inflammation of intestines. But despite his critical conditions, he has been deprived of access to physicians in the past year

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