Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran A/HRC/37/68 para 88 Full recommendation The Special Rapporteur notes with grave concern a pattern of denial of medical treatment to certain categories of detainees, especially prisoners of conscience, political prisoners, and human rights defenders, and urges the Government to investigate, address, and remedy such allegations, in light of the imminent threat to life in many circumstances. Assessment using Impact Iran human rights indicators1 Iran’s Prison Regulations provide for the management and supervision of all prisons and detention centers in the country, including such aspects as access to adequate food and water and visits and communication with family. The Regulations specify that all prisoners should have access to medical care, including regular medical check-ups, and that their medical needs should be addressed to the extent possible unless transfer to treatment centers outside the prison is considered necessary.2 3 In its 2019 National Report to the Universal Periodic Review, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported that the Citizenship Rights Watch Board carries out periodic inspections within prisons and detention centers. According to the Government, the Board has “received and handled 3,275 complaints and reports through the complaint system in relation to civil rights violations. Between 2015 and 2018, 28,504 inspections were carried out in prosecutors' offices, prisons and detention centers.”4 There is no readily available information about the outcome of such inspections. Additionally, there is no readily available official information as to the number of complaints, their nature, and whether they have been adequately investigated and adjudicated in compliance with international standards. There is no readily available information that might suggest that custodial staff has been investigated for cases of denial of medical care for detainees. However, a significant number of human rights defenders in poor states of health, for whom detention may exacerbate existing health issues, have been denied medical care and kept in detention, suggesting that medical attention is provided on a discriminatory basis in Iran, notably with regard to political opinion. These include the situations of Mr. Farhad Meysami, Mr. Arash Sadeghi, Mr. Soheil Arabi and Ms. Narges Mohammadi. Special Procedures of the UN have sent 1 CCPR.10.1.S.1; CCPR.10.3.P.2; CCPR.10.2.P.3; CCPR.10.1.O.2 See more: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, https://iranhrdc.org/rights-disregarded-prisons-in-the-islamic-republic-ofiran/ 3 See more: Amnesty International, https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE1341962016ENGLISH.PDF 4 National Report, UPR 2019, Islamic Republic of Iran, https://undocs.org/A/HRC/WG.6/34/IRN/1 2 1

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