Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Mashallah Pesarkohan, a Jewish Ideological prisoner is denied the right to medical treatment


Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, September 2, 2020 / Mashallah Pesarkohan, a Jewish citizen incarcerated in Brigade 5, Ward 4, Corridor 2, Cell 15 of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary, has been denied the right to medical treatment and facilities.

According to the report released on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Human Rights in Iran, Mashallah Pesarkohan, born on July 17, 1960, married and father of 2 children, a Jewish citizen imprisoned in Brigade 5, Ward 4, Corridor 2, Cell 15 of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary, despite suffering from heart disease, low eyesight and tooth decays, has been deprived of being dispatched to a specialized medical center outside prison. This prisoner of conscience is serving a 3-year prison sentence, despite being denied the right to make telephone calls to his family living in Israel.

In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a source close to this prisoner of conscience, while announcing the news, said: “Despite the symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain and tightness, Mr. Pesarkohan was solely sent to the prison dispensary for treatment and was transferred back to the prison ward after a simple examination. Decreased vision is another problem for him, which has deteriorated. Another problem for Mr. Pesarkohan is the discomfort of his teeth, which the prison authorities do not allow this prisoner of conscience to be sent to dentistry.”

Human Rights in Iran, had published a report on June 24, 2020, on the deterioration of the physical condition of Mashallah Pesarkohan.

On March 5, 2020, this prisoner of conscience was sent on a 45-day temporary leave, and after completing his leave period, he returned to the Greater Tehran Penitentiary on May 6, 2020, to continue his imprisonment.

This Jewish citizen was arrested to serve his prison sentence while he had not received a summons from the Tehran Security Court or from the Revolutionary Court to serve his sentence.

Mashallah Pesarkohan was sentenced by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Abolghassem Salavati, to 3 years in prison on charges of “entering Israel”. The verdict was confirmed after the case was referred to Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals, headed by Judge Ahmad Zargar.

After meeting with his family in Israel and returning to Iran, this Jewish citizen was arrested on September 27, 2017, by the Ministry of Intelligence agents at Imam Khomeini Airport, on charges of “entering Israel”, and undergoing interrogations, was temporarily released on bail.

The repression of followers of other religions in Iran violates international human rights instruments, including Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Articles 18 and 19 of this international document, and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Enjoying the right to a fair trial by an impartial tribunal in the presence of a jury and preserving the right of the accused to appoint his or her lawyer in a trial, is one of the issues accentuated in international instrument of human rights, including Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

Also, All Khamenei, the Islamic Republic leader, in his talks has acclaimed for times that no citizen in Iran is being prosecuted for their criticism, however the compulsory and ruthlessly suppression and the expanse of security condition and atmosphere is Iran unveils the obvious fact and accentuates the point that the governmental rulers in Iran are the big staff of sophistry, casuistry and arbitrary interpretation.

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