Two Prisoners Announce Hunger Strike For Lack Of Medical Care

Source: RadioFarda


Two female political prisoners in Iran in a joint letter have announced a three-day hunger strike in protest to being deprived of medical care.

Human rights activist Narges Mohammadi and British-Iranian dual citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff have complained that, despite international and Iranian laws and their repeated pleas, their right to receive medical care has been denied.

They write in their letter that a doctor accredit by prison authorities has ordered that they receive medical care “on an emergency basis” but prison authorities have simply ignored the request.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a British-Iranian dual citizen who has been detained in Iran since 3 April 2016 (left). Narges Mohammadi is a distinguished Iranian human rights defender, a campaigner against death penalty.

In protest the two prisoners have said they will go on a three-day hunger strike.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 at the international airport in Tehran, when she was leaving the country after a visit with her family. She was charged with ambiguous accusations of spying and plotting against the Islamic Republic and sentenced to five years in prison.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation – the media organization’s philanthropic arm – is the mother of a four-year-old daughter and has not been an opposition activist.

Her lawyer had previously confirmed that he had filed a request for medical care, but in the letter Mohammadi and Zaghari-Ratcliff say all their requests have gone unanswered.

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