Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Political prisoner Soheila Hejab is deprived of her right to medical treatment and other civil rights


Human Rights in Iran – Thursday, September 24, 2020 / Soheila Hejab Bidsorkhi, a political prisoner in the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin, has been denied the right to medical treatment and visit her family.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, Soheila Hejab, a lawyer and political prisoner detained in the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin, has been denied the right to treatment and to be dispatched to a medical center outside the prison, despite poor eyesight and an imbalance in movement. This political prisoner is held without observing the principle of separation of crimes among prisoners suffering from tuberculosis and pneumonia. Soheila Hejab is serving a 7-year prison sentence on charges of assembly and conspiracy. She has not yet been summoned to a trial and interrogation in another case fabricated by the IRGC against this political prisoner.

While announcing the news, an informed source in a conversation with Human Rights in Iran, said: “Ms. Hejab has suffered from visual impairment in the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin and is unable to control her physical balance. During the time, she has fallen to the ground due to loss of balance, visual impairment and dizziness. This political prisoner has been deprived of the right to visit her mother and family for 5 months, and the officials of Qarchak Prison have announced that she can visit her family if the IRGC intelligence agents are with this political prisoner during the visit. Soheila Hejab wants to be sent to a medical center for treatment of vision problems and to visit her family.”

“Five months after the arrest of Soheila Hejab, this political prisoner is still being held in the quarantine ward without observing the principle of separation of crimes, among prisoners suffering from tuberculosis and pneumonia. Soheila Hejab wants to enjoy her citizenship rights,” the informed source added.

Fars News Agency, affiliated with the IRGC, published a report on July 7, 2020, claiming that Soheila Hejab, while on leave, was planning to blow up the residence of the Friday prayer leader in Kermansh, which could be a sign of security pressures and filing case for this citizen and political prisoner deprived of the right to a fair trial and treatment.

A case was filed by the security organs against Soheila Hejab while this prisoner, along with Zeinab Jalalian, another political prisoner, issued an open letter on June 23, 2020, referring to the offensive behavior of the prison authorities, as well as the imposition of other derivations and restrictions on political prisoners detained in this prison.

Soheila Hejab went on a hunger strike on June 16, 2020, to protest the violent and security crackdown on her family and herself, which led to the arrest of her brother and sister, and shortly afterwards, due to the release of these two members of her family, she ended her protest hunger strike.

After being summoned to Branch 36 of the Court of Appeals in Tehran on May 23, 2020, and at the end of the hearing, Soheila Hejab, a resident of Kermanshah, while leaving the court, was arrested by the officers of Sarollah Garrison of the Revolutionary Guards with severe beatings and transferred to the women’s ward of Qarchak Prison in Varamin.

Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals sent a notification to Soheila Hejab Bidsorkhi on May 19, 2020, summoning her to attend the hearing and present her defense on May 22, 2020.

Soheila Hejab was previously tried on March 18, 2020 in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, and sentenced to a total of 18 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state”, “assembly and conspiracy”, “disturbing public opinion with the intention of rioting”, “forming a group for the women’s rights”, and “calling for a referendum and the change of the constitution.”

Soheila Hejab, a political activist who had been detained in the IRGC’s detention center since June 2019, was temporarily released on bail of 3 billion Tomans On March 13, 2020, after more than 8 months of detention.

Soheila Hejab was arrested for the second time on June 6, 2019 in her private residence by the IRGC intelligence agents on charges of “assembly and conspiracy” and “propaganda against the state.” After being transferred to the safe houses of this security organ and passing the interrogation process, and then begin transferred to Ward 2A of the IRGC located in Evin Prison and continuing the interrogation process in solitary confinement, she was detained in this ward. Following the completion of the interrogation process, she was transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison.

This political activist was previously arrested in Shiraz for the first time on December 28, 2018 and transferred to Adelabad Prison in Shiraz after interrogation.

The Revolutionary Court of Shiraz sentenced her to 2 years in prison and the sentence was upheld by the Court of Appeals. After serving 5 months of her 2-year imprisonment in Adelabad Prison, she was granted parole and released.

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with bogus and trumped-up accusations is in the line of suppression of freedom of expression and opinion, which in international instrument of human rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966, there is emphasis on not suppressing of the individuals because of freedom of expression and opinion. Regarding the principle of freedom of expression, every individual has the right to express his/her opinions and viewpoints in any way possible, without considering border restrictions.

Many Iranian citizens are detained and prosecuted by security organizations for membership or activity in political parties outside Iran, while Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights prohibits discrimination against people on the grounds of political affiliation or their connections to political groups.

The enjoyment of a fair trial is also one of the inalienable rights enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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