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Poor conditions of two political prisoners in Tehran who receive no medical attention

Two political prisoners are not receiving any medical attention as a means to coerce them to forgo their beliefs.
Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi, a political prisoner in Rajaishahr prison in Karaj city, West of Tehran, who broke his hand while taking a patient to the infirmary has been deprived of any medical care and kept in the ward with agonizing pain. He is not allowed to seek medical care either inside the prison or in hospitals outside the prison.

Family Members of Freed Prisoners Arrested for Welcomed their Loved Ones in Iran

Reports received from Iran on February 10th detail the story of Shabnam and Farzad Madadzadeh, two political prisoners who were recently released from prison after completing 5 year sentences. The house of their other sister, Habibeh, had been searched and she and her husband were summoned to the Intelligence Ministry. They were interrogated as to why they went to the front of the prison to welcome Shabnam and Farzad.

Iran: 58 Workplace-Related Deaths in Eastern Azerbaijan

On February 9th the state-run ILNA website reported that, according to Eastern Azerbaijan’s General Director of Forensics Bahram Samadi, 58 workers have died in the workplace in that region. Falling from a great height was responsible for 48% of these deaths, followed by being hit with hard objects and severe burns as the next two most likely causes of workplace accident fatalities. These statistics do not count workers without medical insurance so the results leave out a large percentage of the working population. Laborer activists have begun calling the deaths of uninsured workers “silent deaths” in reference to their lack of recognition from the media.

In Iran a 16-Year-Old Boy Waits on Death Row

A 16-year-old who has been convicted of killing his playmate has been sentenced to death. On February 9th the state website of Tabnak reported that Abolfazl, the condemned boy, is being held in a correction center and in just four months he will be 17. A year after that when he reaches the age of 18 he can be legally executed.

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