Iran Must End Detainee Abuses, Allow Medical Care

Freedom House strongly condemns the illegal imprisonment in exile of Farshid Yadollahi and Reza Entesari, two Sufi Dervishes and prisoners of conscience.  Additionally, Iranian authorities must stop preventing Iranian Sufi Dervishes and prisoners of conscience from access to adequate medical care.

Afshin Karampour, a human rights lawyer who suffers from spinal cord problems; Hamid-Reza Moradi, a human rights activist whose blocked arteries require open heart surgery; and Mostafa Daneshju, a human rights lawyer with respiratory problems and cardiac arrhythmia, have all been continuously denied access to adequate medical care. In protest, two imprisoned Sufi Dervishes, Farshid Yadollahi, a human rights lawyer and member of the Human Rights Commission of the Bar Association, and Reza Entesari, a photojournalist, joined five other Sufi Dervish prisoners of conscience in a hunger strike.  As a result, authorities illegally transferred Entesari and Yadollahi from Evin Prison in Tehran to imprisoned exile at the Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj on March 2.

According to information recently reported by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, 391 Sufi Dervishes, who are a legally recognized religious group in Iran, have been summoned to public and revolutionary courts since 2008, resulting in at least 970 prosecutions by public and revolutionary courts.  As of January 2014, 19 Dervishes were in detention.

Freedom House strongly demands that Iranian authorities end the ill-treatment of detainees and the unlawful imposition of exiled imprisonment; and to immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience. Furthermore, Freedom house urges foreign dignitaries who visit Iran, and meet with their Iranian counterparts, to place a particular emphasis, in their discussions and public statements, on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations.

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