#Human Rights
Ban ki-Moon, Navi Pillay, Ahmed Shaheed, OHCHR, European Parliament, EU, State Department

Imprisoned Human Rights and children rights activist, Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi, is in dire need of an urgent back surgery.

According to Kaleme, this political prisoner who was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison, has been serving his prison term in Ward 350 of Evin prison since about a year ago. Three of his vertebra have been displaced due to the impact and trauma, and he was scheduled and supposed to be transferred to a medical center outside of the Evin prison to have an MRI scan, but his medical examination and treatment outside of the Evin prison has been denied by the prosecutor and the prison authorities.

Also, he has been suffering from damagees to his cornea of both eyes which has significantly compromised his vision.

Prison authorities and the prosecutor have denied him of family visitation throughout his imprisonment in the past one year.

In desperation, Mr. Yousefpour Seifi has now launched a hunger strike. He has already suffered two minor strokes while in prison, but has been denied necessary medical care.

WHEREAS: Mohammad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi is a human rights activist and childrens' rights advocate who is clearly imprisoned solely for exercising his internationally acknowledged rights to freedom of expression and association;

AND WHEREAS: He is thus a prisoner of conscience whose continued imprisonment is illegal under both international human rights covenants and Article 24 of the Iranian Constitution;

AND WHEREAS: He has launched a hunger strike to protest against the deliberate refusal of needed medical care, which in itself is a violation of Iran's own prison regulations;

THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the international community bear all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to honor its legally binding human rights obligations by IMMEDIATELY and UNCONDTIONALLY releasing Mohammad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi, and providing him with all required medical care.

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The Free Iranian Human Rights/Childrens' Rights Activist Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi petition to Ban ki-Moon, Navi Pillay, Ahmed Shaheed, OHCHR, European Parliament, EU, State Department was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.