The NGO Amnesty International (AI) has warned this Friday about the situation of prisons in Iran due to the lack of material, disinfectants and important medical equipment and the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The organization has confirmed that the Iranian government has “repeatedly” ignored requests from senior prison officials to facilitate access to more resources and control the spread of COVID-19 cases, and to treat four prisoners who have already been infected, as shown, four of which are official letters You had access.
“These official letters clearly demonstrate the terrible lack of government measures to protect prisoners. Urgent requests for disinfectants, protective materials and medical equipment have been ignored for months,” said Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Eltahawy has stressed that “overcrowding, poor ventilation and poor sanitation” make Iranian prisons “fertile ground” for the pandemic. “The Iranian authorities must immediately stop denying the existing health crisis in the country’s prisons and take urgent measures to protect the health and lives of prisoners,” he added.