Prison authorities until this week have denied transferring Iranian political prisoner Afshrin Baymani for critical treatment of his ongoing heart condition. Mr. Baymani is now said to have been transferred to a emergency medical center located nearby the Gohardasht prison 20km west of Tehran.
A report published in April by UN Human Rights office of the High Commissioner has condemned this use of delayed treatment of prisoners as a serious violation of human rights.
Furthermore, based on evidence ‘the condition of several prisoners of conscience with serious health problems has been exacerbated by their continued detention and by repeated refusal to allow their access to medical facilities.’
Among the experts commenting in the report is Mr. Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and Mr. Seong-Phil Hong, Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The names of political prisoners identified in cases where delayed treatment has contributed to more serious health complications include Omid Kokabee, Mohammed Hossein Rafiee Fanood and Kamal Foroughi; also human rights defender Nargis Mohammadi; lawyer Abdulfattah Soltani; blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki and religious figure Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi.
‘Disregard for their health and well-being by the Iranian authorities is completely unacceptable,’ the experts stressed. And that ‘allegedly all of them have been arrested, detained and convicted purely for their peaceful exercise of their fundamental freedoms and rights.’