Imprisoned Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who suffers from serious pre-existing health conditions, is showing suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
She is facing 16 years in prison for her peaceful human rights work. The authorities are putting her health and life at risk by denying her health care and holding her in inhumane conditions.
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Imprisoned human rights defender’s life at risk of COVID-19
Threat of COVID-19
Narges is held in Zanjan prison, where there is overcrowding, poor ventilation, inadequate sanitary facilities and a lack of products to maintain hygiene.
Since June, Narges has been suffering from suspected COVID-19 symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain and loss of smell. She is at risk of severe illness or death, due to a pre-existing lung disease. Despite her worsening condition, the authorities continue to deny her health care, and refuse to inform her of the results of a COVID-19 test taken on 8 July.
Torture and other ill-treament
Narges has been unjustly jailed since 2015.
She has faced torture and other ill-treatment. Assaults against inmates both by other inmates and prison staff are frequently reported.
The authorities have not allowed her to call her children for nearly a year and are denying her access to clothes, vitamins, and reading materials brought by her family.
In December 2019, Narges filed a complaint against the head of Evin prison, where she was previously held. He and other prison officials allegedly subjected her to verbal abuse, death threats, and beatings during her transfer to Zanjan prison. This resulted in bruises on her body and injuries from shattered glass when her hand hit a glass door.
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