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Prominent Iran Rights Defender Suffering From Dangerous Infection In Prison

Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi in hospital. Undated. File photo
Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi in hospital. Undated. File photo

Imprisoned physicist and human rights activist, Narges Mohammadi, is suffering from an infection since she has no access to medicine behind bars, her brother has raised the alarm.

Narges Mohammadi was rushed to a hospital in May for a severe gynecological problem.

"The doctors believe that her uterus should be removed and said she should remain under supervision in the hospital for a few days in order to make the best diagnosis. However, the prison authorities did not approve her stay," her husband Taghi Rahmani, who lives in exile in France, disclosed.

"She developed this illness during her time in prison, and sometimes it causes her to get seizures," he said. "During the years, it has been controlled with pills."

Meanwhile, Ms. Mohammadi's brother, Hamid-Reza says, "After going under a hysterectomy, my sister has been deprived of receiving antibiotics and other necessary medicines," Hamid-Reza Mohammadi lamented, adding, "Narges' medical test shows that infection has spread into her blood. Nevertheless, four days after the test, the prison clinic is still unmoved about giving her antibiotics."

Furthermore, according to Mr. Mohammadi, as her sister is suffering from hemorrhage and pulmonary embolism, she needs relevant medicines; otherwise, she might die.

Winner of the prestigious American Physical Society's 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize for outstanding leadership and achievements by a scientist in upholding human rights, Narges Mohammadi is behind bars in Tehran's notorious prison, Evin.

She is sentenced to sixteen years for "propaganda against the (clergy dominated Islamic Republic) regime," as well as "assembly and collusion against the system," and launching a campaign against the death penalty in Iran.

Her legal counsel, Mahmoud Behzadi Rad, has argued that his client has spent nearly seven years behind bars, and should be released.