Thursday, December 20, 2007
Urgent Action: Jailed Iranian trade unionist requires urgent medical treatmenthttp://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=386
Urgent Action: Jailed Iranian trade unionist requires urgent medical treatment
Mahmoud Salehi has long suffered persecution by the Iranian authorities, spending several periods in prison because of their legitimate and peaceful activities as trade union activists and human rights defenders. He began his sentence on 9 April 2007. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and is concerned for his health.
Mahmoud Salehi has long-term medical concerns. A request by his doctor in May 2007 that he be accorded specialist treatment outside the prison has been ignored. He suffers from chronic kidney disease, for which he requires dialysis. He is also said to suffer from a heart disorder. This month (December 2007) it was reported that Salehi has grave intestinal edema or swelling that may be connected with his renal disease.