Women’s Rights Activist, Mahboubeh Karami, in Poor Health in Evin Prison

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Change for Equality: According to human rights sources, Iranian political prisoner, Mahboubeh Karami, is in poor health and is not able to endure incarceration any more.

The site of "Human Rights Activists in Iran" reports that Mahboubeh Karami, a prisoner of conscience at Evin prison, has been suffering acute headaches due to onset of anemia and a drop in her blood hemoglobin. These conditions have twice brought her to the verge of losing consciousness in her cell.

The resident physician at Evin prison has warned that Karami is at risk of falling into a coma due to anemia. Following this prognosis, Karami’s family has sent medication to her in prison and she has filed a request for a health leave. The Evin prison physician has determined that in order to be treated, Karami must undergo medical examinations outside the prison. Yet despite the doctor’s directions she has not been transferred out of Evin for such examinations. It appears that adverse prison conditions, including poor nutrition, are the cause of Karami’s illness, as she has not suffered from these health problems before.

A lack of heating in the women’s ward of Evin prison has caused the ward to become extremely cold and the prisoners have been taking warm water bottles under their blankets to warm themselves at night. These conditions have coincided with Mahboubeh Karami’s illness.

Mahboubeh Karami, women’s rights and human rights activist, has been imprisoned since May of this year, spending a 3-year prison sentence.


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