Debra Sweet | Friday June 9, 2023
From the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners Now:
On Sunday, June 4 renowned Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, recently profiled in the New York Times, reported that the health of fellow political prisoner Nahid Taghavi had seriously deteriorated and requires immediate medical attention.
Mohammadi calls attention to the fact that “The officials of [Iran’s] judiciary branch push sick prisoners to the maximum possible limit, to the point of the loss of health, torment, and deprivation. The life of political prisoner Nahid Taghavi is in danger…. How long will this harassment continue?”
Taghavi’s daughter, Mariam Claren, told the International Emergency Campaign (IEC): “We are deeply concerned about Narges Mohammadi’s report on my mother’s health. If the Islamic Republic doesn’t kill the people in the street or hang them, they let them slowly die in prison. I ask all people around the world to be my mother’s voice and the voice of all political prisoners in Iran. Demand my mother’s release!”
“We are calling for a global outcry to demand Nahid Taghavi be immediately released on medical furlough so she can received proper treatment,” says IEC spokesperson Dolly Veale. “Denial of medical care is a form of torture that Iran’s theocratic, inhumane regime systematically carries out.” Read more.