UN rights specialists name on Iran to launch jailed filmmaker

Mohammad Nourizad

A bunch of impartial United Nations human rights specialists on Tuesday known as on Iran to launch a jailed dissident filmmaker whose extreme well being issues put him liable to demise.

“We are seriously concerned at the mistreatment of Mohammad Nourizad and his continued imprisonment for expressing his opinion,” the specialists mentioned, including that his “case is emblematic of the situation many Iranian political activists face in detention.”

The filmmaker, who signed an open letter calling for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s resignation, is serving a greater than 17-year sentence for insulting the supreme chief. According to Amnesty International, Nourizad has been denied entry to specialised medical look after his coronary heart illness and diabetes.

The rights group says he’s been subjected to sexual violence and different degrading therapy whereas in Tehran’s infamous Evin jail. In April, Nourizad wrote a letter describing an incident by which he says he was injected with an unknown substance into his genitals.

Nourizad has carried out a number of starvation strikes in jail and has refused to take medicines as a type of protest in opposition to his imprisonment. He has additionally reportedly tried suicide whereas in detention.

“It is clear that Mohammad Nourizad is not in a medical state to remain in prison,” the UN specialists mentioned, including that the denial of ample medical care could represent torture.

The specialists mentioned they had been involved by ongoing experiences of prisoners in Iran being denied ample medical therapy, which has in some instances resulted in demise.

“We remain extremely disturbed by continued reports of detainees, including those imprisoned for exercising their human rights, being denied or unnecessarily obstructed from receiving adequate medical treatment or care,” the specialists mentioned, calling on Iran to adjust to worldwide human rights requirements for the therapy of prisoners.