Since mid-December 2018, the head of Rajai Shahr Prison, have denied several political prisoners of medical treatment.
The ban started after a prisoner convicted of murder escaped while being transferred to the hospital but has only continued to be enforced against political prisoners.
Reports indicate that many prisoners, especially political prisoners were waiting for some time to go to the hospital.
The ban is life threatening for a number of prisoners suffering from serious illnesses.
Iranian authorities have a long history of putting the lives of political prisoners at serious risk by denying them adequate medical care.
Medical treatment withheld to punish prisoners or force them into making false confessions. The threat of withheld medical care has also been used as an intimidation tool against prisoners who have challenged the authorities or filed complaints.
Iranian official has been held accountable for the multiple documented cases of death or irreparable harm suffered by political prisoners due to the lack of proper medical care in prison and the authorities denying them adequate recovery time or outside medical treatment and care.
A number of political prisoners in Raja’i Shahr Prison suffering from serious ailments include Saeed Shirzad, Hassan Sadeghi, Majid Assadi, Shahram Pourmansour, Arash Sadeghi, Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi and Hamzeh Savari.