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Iran: Deterioration of the medical situation of Ms. Narges Mohammadi

Tuesday 11 June 2019

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) about the deterioration of the medical condition of Ms. Narges Mohammadi, a journalist, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) [1], who is serving a 16-year prison sentence. Ms. Narges Mohammadi suffers from several very serious health conditions, including a pulmonary embolism and a neurological disorder that results in partial paralysis. Her health condition is exacerbated by the authorities’ refusal to allow her adequate medical care in or out of prison.

According to information received, on April 27, 2019, Ms. Narges Mohammadi was transferred to Mehr Hospital for medical examination and returned to Evin prison on the same day. On May 14, 2019, she was sent to hospital again, where she underwent a hysterectomy operation, and was returned to prison on May 26, 2019, before she had recuperated. On June 2, 2019, she was reported to have contracted a serious infection, and is since denied adequate medication (i.e. antibiotics) in prison.

The Observatory expresses its strong concern over the physical well-being of Ms. Narges Mohammadi and calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release her and allow her immediate access to adequate medical care.

Background information:

On May 18, 2016, Branch 15 of Tehran Islamic Revolution Court found Ms. Narges Mohammadi guilty of “assembly and collusion to commit crimes against national security” (under Article 610 of the Islamic Penal Code), “spreading propaganda against the State” (under Article 500) and “establishing and running the illegal splinter group LEGAM [2]” (under Article 498), and sentenced her to a total 16 years in prison.

On September 28, 2016, Branch 36 of Tehran Court of Appeals upheld the sentence and asserted that pursuant to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, she must serve the maximum sentence, i.e. 10 years [3]. At the time of her sentencing, she was already serving the remainder of a six-year sentence dating back to September 2011, when she was found guilty of acting against national security, propaganda against the State and membership of the banned DHRC.

On January 3, 2019, Ms. Narges Mohammadi undertook a three-day hunger strike to protest being denied access to medical care.

Actions requested:

Please write to the authorities of Iran asking them to:

i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical integrity and psychological well-being of Ms. Narges Mohammadi, and allow her immediate access to adequate medication and medical care;

ii. Immediately and unconditionally release Ms. Narges Mohammadi, and all human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in the country;

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/iran-deterioration-of-the-medical-situation-of-ms-narges-mohammadi

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