A Report on the Medical Situation of Political Prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison
HRANA News Agency – Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj where in recent months has been the scene of the crisis caused by the pressures on the political prisoners and their mass strike, despite the passage of time, continues to face other challenges, such as lack of proper nutritional and medical treatment.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), almost 53 political prisoners at Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj have been transferred to new and security hall in July. There are the deprivations which have been imposed on prisoners in this hall where even the toilets are equipped with CCTV cameras.
The situation has forced political prisoners into a mass strike for more than forty days. A strike that was supported by the broad public.
The prisoners in this hall still face number of challenges such as medical and nutrition issues despite the end of the hunger strike and the promises of officials.
An informed source on the situation of political prisoners in Hall 10, explained to HRANA’s reporter that “the prisoners in this hall have received no fruit, vegetable or seafood for more than two months. They even have received no meat or dairy products, the only recent change was the permission of buying canned food, which would not provide a complete diet for prisoners, especially the elderly. This would cost the prison nothing because the prisoners would pay for it. The only thing that is needed is the permission of the prison to access the shops in prison, which has not yet been fulfilled.”
The medical condition of the prisoners in this hall is also complicated. Generally, prisoners who were on hunger strike for dozens of days have not received medical attention after the end of the strikes and most of them have similar medical problems, such as gastrointestinal disorders and physical weakness.
It should also be noted that Saeed Rezai, director of the Baha’i community who had previously filed medical records due to heart problems, was denied to have access to the specialized services. The prisoner suffers from asthma and his knee needs surgery. His demands of receiving medication have not been approved after two months despite numerous illnesses.
Majid Asadi is another political prisoner who suffers from severe disorder of the digestive system and also the officials of the prison clinic have advised him to use fiber foods to counteract this disorder but this is not possible for this prisoner due to lack of access to herbs and fruits.
Mohammad Nazari, an elderly prisoner at the prison, who has spent 24 years in prison, suffers severe kidney discomfort, and the officials in the prison clinic have suggested the possibility of kidney stones but for more advanced treatment he requires to be sent to the hospital. An issue which has not been approved by prison authorities so far.
Saeed Pourheidar is another political prisoner in the hall who suffers from heart disease. He continually uses prescription pills is waiting for his new pills by finishing his medications.