Iran’s regime Shows No Mercy to an Imprisoned Christian Convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran Despite Deteriorating Health
By Kaveh Taheri
July 26, Tehran: Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a prisoner of conscience who is being kept in prison over three years, begun a hunger strike to demand her fundamental rights since 22 days ago. Maryam had started a hunger strike on July 5 in protest against the systematic violence of her basic rights such as medical care, conditional release and her unknown fate in the prison.
Eight days after her return to prison she is on 22th day of her hunger strike in the prison which has been started. Previously, Maryam had attempted a hunger strike for almost 12 days, whereupon, she was released on bail in June 6.
The Imprisoned Christian convert citizen, who is being kept at Women Ward in the notorious Evin prison, is in grave danger of her life. She, a 35 years old lady, suffers from atrial septal defect (ASD), diabetes, blood fat, severe pain in her ears and chronic dizziness. Maryam also contracted lumbar disc, arthritis, and anemia because of poor nutrition and inappropriate conditions in the prison.
Intelligence Service officials summoned Maryam in 2013 and taken her to Evin prison. She had reportedly endured severe tortures both physically and mentally during the investigating term in the Islamic regime's chambers of Iran. Officials kept her in an isolation place where had not necessary sanitary facilities, BCR Group has learned.
Iran's authorities accused her on the ambiguous charges of "propaganda against the regime of Iran" at Branch 2 of the Shahid Moghadas Court in
Evin, but the officials released her on the bail of 23000 $ (70 million Rials) after 19 days of temporary detention. She was finally sentenced to four years in prison for ambiguous charges as- acting against national security through assembly and collusion at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran, chaired by the infamous Judge Mohammad Moghiseh.
After all complications and being denied medical attention or temporary release, she was released on bail for 33,000$ in June 6, 2016. Finally, on June 6th, 2016, Maryam was returned again to Evin on June 27th, 2016, to serve her remaining sentence.
Iranian Ministry of Intelligence Service has denied Maryam’s appeal for granting a conditional release despite her deterioration health, a reliable source told BCR Group. Maryam revealed to her relatives in a visit, that she has been refused receiving medical treatment at Evin Clinic.
Hereof, Iranian human rights activists have scheduled an online action as a Tweet Storm in support of Maryam with Hash Tag #FreeMaryam on 22th day of her hunger strike in July 26. The activists also started supporting the prisoner of conscience by signing an online PETITION to bring pressure upon Iranian authorities to release Maryam immediately and unconditionally.
In addition, Saeed Abedini, the former imprisoned pastor in Iran, has also criticized some women's rights activists for not advocating for her release, CP World said.
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