Free Iranian Social Activist Kourosh Kohkan - Provide Medical Care He Needs as a Result of Torture
- Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament
Iranian government officials have denied medical care to Kourosh Kohkan who is a social activist locked up in Evin Prison since January 2010.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kourosh Kohkan suffers from meniscus tear (torn cartilage) of the knee caused while intelligence agents were interrogating and torturing him in Evin Prison.
In April 2011, Kourosh Kohkan went on hunger strike to demand medical care and surgery for his knee. Subsequently, he was transferred to Taleghani Hospital and had a knee operation. Upon his return to Evin Prison after the surgery, due to the lack of medical care, the surgical site became severely infected. So far, prison officials have refused to provide further medical treatment to this political prisoner.
Judge Pierabasi presiding over the Revolutionary Court, Branch 26, has sentenced Kourosh Kohkan to three years and six months in prison and 74 lashes. For the time being, Kourosh Kohkan is serving his sentence in Evin Prison, Ward 350.
We demand that the international community bring all pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY provide all necessary medical care needed by social activist Kourosh Kohkan as a direct result of illegal torture at the hands of their henchmen.
We further demand that the international community do all within its power to secure the unconditional release of Kourosh Kohkan as he is a prisoner of conscience.
The Free Iranian Social Activist Kourosh Kohkan - Provide Medical Care He Needs as a Result of Torture petition to Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.