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Release jailed dissident on medical grounds, UN experts urge Iran

Filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad obtained a number of sentences in February final yr, together with a seven-and-a-half-year jail time period, after being convicted on expenses referring to an open letter he and others signed calling for the Supreme Leader’s resignation and for constitutional modifications, based on a news launch by the experts.

“We are seriously concerned at the mistreatment of Mohammad Nourizad and his continued imprisonment for expressing his opinion”, the rights experts mentioned, noting that his “case is emblematic of the situation many Iranian political activists face in detention”.

They added that Mr. Nourizad’s continued detention regardless of medical professionals’ discovering he can’t keep in jail given his critical well being situation, and the ensuing denial of ample medical care, might quantity to torture.

“He must be immediately released”, the experts mentioned.

While in detention, Mr. Nourizad carried out starvation strikes and refused to take medicines, most just lately beginning 10 March, to protest in opposition to his imprisonment and his household’s mistreatment by authorities. He additionally reportedly tried suicide in jail, and started to self-harm as a type of protest on 19 February.

The experts beforehand raised considerations with the Iranian Government about Mr. Nourizad detention in addition to entry to medical care, based on the news launch. The Government despatched feedback in response to the considerations raised.

In no medical state to stay in jail

According to the news launch, Mr. Nourizad was identified with a coronary heart situation whereas in detention and often misplaced consciousness.

Last month, he was transferred to a hospital in capital Tehran, after fainting. When he regained consciousness, he discovered somebody injecting him with an unknown substance, which he didn’t consent to or was knowledgeable of. He was additionally not supplied any data, despite requesting officers what he was injected with and why.

“It is clear that Mr. Nourizad is not in a medical state to remain in prison,” the experts mentioned, noting additionally that Legal Medical Organization of the Iranian judiciary and different medical professionals reportedly discovered that he ought to be launched on medical grounds.

“The Iranian authorities must release him immediately in line with these medical opinions and give him free access to the required medical care and treatment.”

Many imprisoned for exercising their rights

The experts additionally mentioned that many people in Iran are detained for merely exercising their proper to freedom of expression. They reminded the Government that detention on such a foundation is a transparent violation of a number of of the nation’s human rights obligations beneath the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

“We remain extremely disturbed by continued reports of detainees, including those imprisoned for exercising their human rights, being denied or unnecessarily obstructed from receiving adequate medical treatment or care”, the experts added.

“In extreme cases the denial of adequate treatment has resulted in death. The Iranian Government and judiciary has an obligation to ensure that all detainees receive proper treatment as prescribed not only under domestic law, but also under its international human rights obligations and the Nelson Mandela Rules on the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners.”

The human rights experts making the decision embrace the particular rapporteurs on the scenario of human rights in Iran; on torture and different merciless, inhuman or degrading remedy or punishment; on the promotion and safety of the suitable to freedom of expression; on rights to freedom of peaceable meeting and of affiliation; on the suitable to bodily and psychological well being; and on extrajudicial, abstract or arbitrary executions.

The Special Rapporteurs are half of what’s generally known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. The experts work on a voluntary foundation; they aren’t UN workers and don’t obtain a wage. They are impartial from any authorities or group and serve of their particular person capability. 

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