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US expresses concern over welfare of prisoners in Iran

US expresses concern over welfare of prisoners in Iran

The U.S. State Department expressed concern Friday about the welfare of what it said were several prisoners of conscience in Iran, including human rights advocate Emaddedin Baghi and union leader Mahmoud Salehi.
Tom Casey, a department spokesman, said, "Both men's health has worsened significantly during their period of detention."
He said Baghi was hospitalized Wednesday and Salehi was hospitalized earlier in December after experiencing complications from lack of proper treatment for his chronic kidney disease.
Baghi, 45, jailed on security charges, was sent to a hospital after collapsing in a prison shower, his lawyer, Saleh Nikbakhat, told The Associated Press on Thursday in Tehran.
Nikbakhat, who visited Baghi in hospital, said he was feeling better and would be back in prison by Friday.
Salehi is serving a five-year term for trying to organize a labor demonstration .


Updated : 2021-03-03 20:17 GMT+08:00