Jailed Iran activist seeks medical treatment

Jailed Iran activist seeks medical treatment
Narges Mohammadi (File/AFP)
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Updated 13 June 2020

Jailed Iran activist seeks medical treatment

Jailed Iran activist seeks medical treatment
  • Since March, more than 100,000 detainees in Iran have been granted temporary release or sentence remissions to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Islamic republic’s prisons
  • Mohammadi, 48, is a campaigner against the death penalty and was the spokeswoman for the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran when she was arrested in May 2015

TEHRAN: Jailed Iranian human rights activist and journalist Narges Mohammadi, who suffers from a lung condition, has requested temporary release from prison for medical treatment, her lawyer told AFP Saturday.
Mahmoud Behzadi-Rad said he was also preparing a new parole application for Mohammadi, a previous request having been denied in late 2019.
But the activist faced new legal proceedings and was “under investigation” as part of a dossier with unspecified contents, for which no “indictment has... yet been issued,” he said.
Since March, more than 100,000 detainees in Iran have been granted temporary release or sentence remissions to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Islamic republic’s prisons.
Mohammadi, 48, is a campaigner against the death penalty and was the spokeswoman for the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran — founded by lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi — when she was arrested in May 2015.
The mother-of-two is serving a 10-year prison sentence for “forming and managing an illegal group,” among other charges.
According to the international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), she was “forcibly” transferred in late December from Evin prison in Tehran, where she had been held since 2015, to Zanjan in northwest Iran.
“I’m preparing a letter to the prosecutor’s office in which we state three specific requests. The first is the transfer of Ms Mohammadi from Zanjan to Tehran, where she lived and worked,” Behzadi-Rad said.
“My second request is for medical leave for treatment in view of my client’s multiple illnesses, including pulmonary, which must be checked regularly,” the lawyer added, saying his client “did not have access to specialist doctors in Zanjan.”
He said he was also preparing a new application for parole on the basis of time already served.
Iran is ranked 173 out of 180 countries in the 2020 edition of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index.


Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow

Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow
Updated 23 January 2021

Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow

Dubai imposes new COVID-19 rules to combat virus spread as numbers grow
  • The new rules require the distance between tables at restaurants and cafes to be three meters apart instead of two
  • Last week authorities in Dubai imposed new rules in the emirate banning entertainment in Hotels and restaurants

DUBAI: Dubai has issued new coronavirus rules for social gatherings, cafes and restaurants, as well as gyms and other fitness centers as part of its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, state news agency WAM reported.
The new rules come into force as the UAE saw another record number of cases of coronavirus on Friday.
The new rules, issued late Friday evening, require the distance between tables at restaurants and cafes to be three meters apart instead of two, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said in a statement.
Similar rules have been imposed on Dubai’s gyms and fitness centers where equipment will now need to be three meters apart.
There’s also a cut in the amount of people who can dine together – with a maximum of seven people allowed to sit at a table in restaurants and four in cafes, the statement said.
Rules on social gatherings have changed too, with a decision to limit attendance at weddings, private parties, and other social events, to 10 people who must be first-degree relatives, whether in hotels or homes.
Last week authorities in Dubai imposed new rules in the emirate banning entertainment in Hotels and restaurants.
The UAE on Friday reported 3,552 new cases of COVID-19, as the number of infections once again hit new daily high. An additional 10 people died of conditions related to the disease.