The international non-profit organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday called on the United Nations to act quickly to ensure that Iran respects “international human rights law” regarding the treatment of imprisoned journalists.
“The advocacy group is alarmed that imprisoned journalists are being denied medical care when they are sick,” RSF said, referring to activist Narges Mohammadi and photojournalist Alieh Motalebzadeh, who are in the Qarchak Women’s Prison, also known as Shahr-e Rey, where health and hygiene conditions are poor and the ill-equipped infirmary.
“Under international human rights law, Iranian prison authorities have an absolute obligation to ensure the health and well-being of detainees under their control by providing them with appropriate, adequate and timely medical care,” said Reza Moini, head of the Iran section of RSF. Afghan office.
Mohammadi’s lawyer, Mostafa Nili, said on Tuesday that his client had been deprived of medication for a week, including pills prescribed after heart surgery.
Reza Khandan Mahabadi, a 60-year-old journalist, was also returned to his prison cell on April 5 despite breathing problems after being hospitalized in January with a severe case of Covid-19.