Committee of Human Rights Reporters – A 61-year old political prisoner who is inflicted with acute ear and kidney disease was threatened with solitary confinement, banned from going to the hospital for treatment and prohibited from his weekly visitation with his family.
This is the second time that Mohammad Saeimi is deprived of his right to medical care because of his refusal to wear a prison uniform or be hand cuffed. This political prisoner is in agonizing pain inflicted from heart disease, spinal cord, ear and kidney infections.
Assadollah Hadi is another political prisoner in Ward 350 at Evin prison who has been suffering from arteriosclerosis and heart disease. He was transferred to the prison infirmary several times with emergencies however he has been deprived of receiving adequate medical care putting his health at serious risk. Last week he was denied a necessary hospital transfer for the fourth time.
Another prisoner, Seyed Mohammad Ebrahimi, was not allowed a needed transfer to Imam Khomeini Hospital on November 20th, because he also refused to wear the prison uniform reserved for non-political prisoners. This prisoner suffers from acute respiratory and lung disease brought on by the abuse and torture he endured while being interrogated.
Prison officials recently ordered that political prisoners from Ward 350 are obligated to wear prison uniforms normally reserved for regular inmates. The political prisoners’ refusal to adhere to this new unmerited order has created a very worrisome situation for their health. This has caused great stress for their families whose loved ones are deprived of very needed medical attention.