Sunday, April 6, 2014


News from Amnesty International was not good this week about our adopted Prisoner of Conscience (POC) prisoner, the Iranian human rights defender Boroujerdi who "had been preaching a traditional interpretation of Islam which separates religion from politics in a mosque in a poor neighbourhood in the south of Tehran for some years"
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"The health of jailed Iranian cleric Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, a prisoner of conscience held in Tehran’s Evin Prison, is worsening. He is in urgent need of medical treatment.

Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, serving an 11-year prison sentence, suffers from a number of illnesses, including diabetes, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, kidney and heart problems and severe pain in his legs and waist. 

He has also reportedly gone partly blind in one of his eyes. His health conditions have apparently worsened and he collapses frequently. He has not been provided with the medical treatment he requires, though prison doctors said in February 2014 that he needed to be hospitalized outside the prison. During the eight years he has spent in prison, he has been admitted to hospital three times.

He is now held in Evin Prison’s Ward for the Clergy: he was imprisoned for advocating the separation of religion and state. He has been under increased pressure to write and sign confessions. Prison officials have told him at least once, in October 2013, that if he does not write a letter recanting his beliefs, he will never be released." 

Read the full Urgent Action release here.

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