Amnesty International Concerned about Hussein Rafie’s Situation

HRANA News Agency – Amnesty International in a statement on the situation of Mr. Hussein Rafie, a retired university professor, 71-year-old and conscience prisoner, has expressed concern over Tehran’s Evin prison and demanded immediate action in this case.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Amnesty International said in a statement that the six years in prison sentence of Mr. Hussein Rafie, a conscience prisoners and retired university professor which was due to his peaceful political activities, has been confirmed in appeals court. The authorities has rejected his request of furlough to meet his ailing wife who needs surgery.

Amnesty International has emphasized that Hussein Rafie is held in 8 ward of Evin prison from the beginning of his detention in 2015 which is against the principle of separation of offenses in extra congestion and no facilities and poor hygienic conditions with non-political prisoners. He does not receive the conventional medical treatment for various ailments, including “blood pressure” and “heart disease” and his request of furlough to visit his sick wife who needs surgery is being opposed.

Branch 54 of the appeals court of Tehran confirmed the primary sentence of Hussein Rafie. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salvati had sentenced him to six years of imprisonment and two years of deprivation from political and media activities and 3 millinon tomans fine.

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