UN concerned over Iran denying prisoners medical treatment

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The military hospital Baqiatollah Azam in northern Teheran was where 54-year-old Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died due to what was on Thursday, July 17, confirmed by Iranian officials after an autopsy of a brain haemorrhage inflicted by a severe blow. Kazemi was arrested on June 23 while taking pictures of the notorious Evin prison in the Tehran and died two weeks later. While her family in Canada accuses her interrogators of murder, the Teheran administration asked for more time to announce the final results of its investigations.

UN concerned over Iran denying prisoners medical treatment


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Despite repeated calls, Iran continues to deny medical treatment to detainees in what amounts to “a consistent pattern”, according to eight UN human rights experts, in a statement on 10 July.
The experts noted as particularly alarming the denial of medical treatment for human rights activist Arash Sadeghi, diagnosed with bone cancer, as well as of Austrian-Iranian dual national Kamran Ghaderi, who has a tumour in his leg, and of other prisoners with severe health conditions, who have also continued to be denied appropriate healthcare.
Experts also highlighted the unsafe and unsanitary detention conditions, including contaminated food and water, rodent and insect infestations, and inadequate temperature controls.

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