April 23, 2017
My name is Atena Daemi. By the time you read this petition I will probably be in prison. I have been sentenced to 7 years for my peaceful human rights activism –a fact that has been widely criticized by human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.
Imprisonment is difficult for anyone but, it is especially challenging when you are suffering from an illness and denied medical care.
Denying prisoners medical care is a form of torture.
Today, some of Iran’s bravest and most dedicated activists are imprisoned and suffering because the authorities refuse to provide them with medical care. This is a clear violation of domestic and international law. Additionally, the conditions of prisoners who are detained on non-political and criminal charges are even worst.
Please join me in asking the head of Iran’s State Prison Organization to provide prisoners with proper medical care.
Many of Iran’s prisoners are deprived of adequate nutrition and proper medical care in an express violation of domestic and International law. State Prison Organization Regulations requires Iran’s prison officials to offer prisoners with nutritious meals and speedy and proper medical care; including transferring detainees to a hospital outside the prison, or releasing them on medical leave.
However, Iranian prison authorities routinely and systematically deny prisoners proper medical care. Many prisoners are unnecessarily suffering from manageable and curable conditions.