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UN urges Iran to release activists with symptoms of COVID-19 “before it’s too late”

A group of United Nations human rights experts urged Iran on Wednesday to release activist Narges Mohammadi, whose symptoms are compatible with COVID-19, “before it’s too late”.

According to experts, Mohammadi appears to have signed a contract with COVID-19 at Zanjan Prison in Tehran, where he is serving a 16-year sentence for his human rights work. She was arrested in 2015 and sentenced in May 2016.

“We are extremely concerned about Ms. Mohammadi’s wellbeing,” she said. “We have previously expressed concern that she and others in Iranian prisons are at high risk if they become infected with COVID-19, and we have asked for their immediate release,” they recalled.

UN urges Iran to release activists with symptoms of COVID-19 “before it’s too late”
UN urges Iran to release activists with symptoms of COVID-19 “before it’s too late”

“For those with underlying health conditions like Ms. Mohammadi, this (COVID-19) can have life or death consequences. The Iranian authorities must act now before it is too late,” they said.

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