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Iran warned over health of jailed aid worker, activist

UN Human Rights body claims British-Iranian aid worker, Iranian human rights activist denied medical treatment behind bars

Büşra Nur Bilgiç   | 17.01.2019
Iran warned over health of jailed aid worker, activist

Ankara

By Ahmet Dursun

ANKARA

United Nations human rights experts have called on Iran to urgently provide appropriate health care for a jailed British-Iranian aid worker and an Iranian human rights activist.

Aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and activist Narges Mohammadi, suffering from serious illnesses, have been denied proper health care by Iranian officials, said UN experts Wednesday.

"We urge the Government to immediately and unconditionally provide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi with access to the appropriate treatment and care they have repeatedly requested in light of their serious health concerns," said the experts, adding that the denial of proper health care compelled the two women to start a hunger strike in protest.

"The authorities must urgently address the violations that are the basis of their hunger strike protest, including denial of appropriate treatment and care, which may well amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, or even torture," the experts stated.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national, was arrested in 2016 without access to a lawyer and sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of being a spy for an illegal group.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt had summoned the Iranian ambassador last week to discuss the imprisonment of Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian human rights activist was arrested in May 2015 on the charge of 'founding an illegal group'.

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