Kurdish political prisoner with cancer denied health care by Iranian authorities

Kurdish political prisoner Afshin Sohrabzadeh was denied medical care by Iranian prison authorities for two years in spite of suffering from gastrointestinal bleeding. After collapsing in prison and subsequently transferred to hospital, it was found that Sohrabzadeh, aged 24, has colorectal cancer.

On Saturday, November 8, Sohrabzadeh collapsed and lost consciousness in his prison cell. Only then was he transferred to a local hospital in the city of Minab. Physicians at the hospital later established that Sohrabzadeh has colorectal cancer.

The Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sena (Sanandj) sentenced Afshin Sohrabzadeh to 25 years in prison for being member of a Kurdish political party in Iranian Kurdistan.

Individuals who are suspected of membership in Kurdish political parties risk long prison sentences, as in the case of Afshin Sohrabzadeh.

If activists are apprehended by Iranian security forces while engaging in political activism – such as disseminating leaflets or raising awareness regarding Iran’s oppression of the Kurdish nation – they could risk capital punishment.

The charge for membership in Kurdish political parties is usually “enmity against God” (Mohareb).