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Deprivation of Nejat Bahrami, a political prisoner of medical treatment

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Human Rights in Iran – Sunday, July 12, 2020 / Political prisoner Nejat Bahrami, incarcerated in Evin Prison is denied access to medical services. This media activist and journalist is suffering from hypertensive disorders.

According to Human Rights in Iran citing ILNA (Iranian Labour News Agency), despite suffering from high blood pressure (HBP), Nejat Bahrami, a journalist and political prisoner jailed in Evin Prison, is deprived of medical services and the right to treatment. This political prisoner is serving a 1-year prison sentence

Explaining the news, Zarifeh Khazaei, Mr. Bahrami’s wife said: “My husband needs treatment outside of prison due to the problem of fluctuations in blood pressure, and considering that we are witnessing an exacerbation of coronavirus in recent days, and also due to my husband’s illness history, we are worried about his infection with coronavirus in prison.”

Nejat Bahrami’s wife further expressed hope that this political prisoner could be seen on furlough to begin his medical treatment, considering the request for furlough given to judicial officials in Evin Prison.

On May 18, 2020, Nejat Bahrami, a teacher and journalist living in Vahidie, around Shahriar County in Tehran Province, referred to branch 1 of the Tehran Security Prosecutor’s Office in Evin Prison to begin his 1-year prison sentence.

Branch 1 of Law Enforcement Office in Tehran Security Court, presided over by Mohammad Mehdi Boraeh, had issued a written statement on May 6, 2020, summoning Nejat Bahrami to Evin Prison to serve a 1-year prison sentence.

On April 12, 2020, he was sentenced by branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals to 1 year in prison and 2 years deprivation of social and political activities.

Nejat Bahrami, former deputy minister of public relations of the Ministry of Education, was sentenced on August 18, 2020, to 1 year in prison, 2 years deprivation of membership in political groups and parties, as well banned from using a mobile phone on charges of propaganda against the state.

Nejat Bahrami had previously told ILNA about the verdict issued by the preliminary court against him: During the interrogation session which was held in May of this year, I was acquitted of the charge of “assembly and collusion”, and the case was referred to the court only for the charge of “propaganda and the state”, which resulted in a sentence of 1 year in prison.

The suppression of press and media activists and the imposition of security charges against them are among the cases violating Human Rights, and is in the line of the repression of Freedom of Speech in Iran, which there is an emphasis on it in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.

Also the individuals’ right to a fair trial is one of the inalienable rights accentuated in Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Political prisoners in Iranian prisons struggle with a collection of widespread human rights abuses. On the one hand, their deprivation of the right to a trial, which violates Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and on the other hand, various diseases and injuries that most of these people have been suffering from since they were imprisoned. On the other hand, successive file-making for them is one of the cases that is evident. However, judicial and security officials in Iranian prisons use this issue as a lever of pressure to justify the views or accusations leveled against individuals, which violates Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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