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Deteriorating health conditions of Iranian political prisoners deprived from vital medical care

Majid Assadi (left) and Arash Sadeghi (right)
Majid Assadi (left) and Arash Sadeghi (right)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK


Iran, August 24, 2019–Iranian authorities have prevented political prisoners Majid Assadi and Arash Sadeghi from receiving medical care. Sadeghi has cancer. In September 2018, after undergoing surgery, he was immediately returned to prison on orders of the IRGC and the prosecutor’s office. Sadeghi needs to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy. But until today, the Iranian regime still hasn’t given him permission to receive treatment.

Arash Sadeghi, 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.

Also, according to physicians, Iranian political prisoner Majid Assadi suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a rheumatism disease that affects the spine. He also has ulcers and inflammation in his vision network. His digestive problems have intensified as a result of prison authorities depriving him of medical care.

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.

Majid Assadi needs to visit the hospital outside the prison every three months to control his AS syndrome, which is a dangerous disease. But because of the obstructions caused by the prison authorities and the regime’s judiciary, he has no access to physicians and specialized care.

Majid Assadi, 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.