lawyers urge Iran to let Iranian-Americans go abroad for surgery | World news
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for an 84-year-old Iranian-American, who was previously jailed by Iran and whose son is still in prison there, on Monday urged Tehran to let him leave the country for medical treatment, saying that he needed immediate surgery for an arterial blockage.
Baquer Namazi was convicted of “collaborating with a hostile government” in 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Iranian authorities released him on medical grounds in 2018 and closed his case last year, commuting his sentence to time served.
However, her son, Siamak Namazi, 49, remains in prison in Iran after being convicted of the same charge. The US government has called the charges against the two baseless.
Iranian-Americans, whose U.S. citizenship is not recognized by Tehran, are often pawns between the two nations, currently at odds over whether to rekindle a frayed 2015 pact under which Iran has limited its agenda. nuclear in exchange for lower economic sanctions.
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In a letter to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, family lawyer Jared Genser said Elder Namazi needed immediate surgery for a 95-97% blockage in the ‘one of its internal carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain.
He quoted a doctor as saying he needed surgery within seven to 10 days and argued that it should be done outside of Iran both because recovery requires a stress-free environment and because Iranian hospitals are struggling with COVID-19.
The Iranian mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Genser said Namazi has been subject to an effective international travel ban since his case was closed, arguing that this, along with his previous treatment by Iranian authorities, constitutes a violation of his “right to health” under the Covenant. international law relating to economic, social and cultural rights.
Genser asked the special rapporteur to investigate and urge Iran to let Baquer Namazi travel abroad for treatment.
“My father is dying,” another son, Babak Namazi, told Reuters by phone from Dubai. “When the Iranian courts themselves commuted his sentence over a year and a half ago, why don’t they allow him to leave to get the medical care he needs outside of Iran and move on. how little time he has to take care of his family and grandchildren? “
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed with additional reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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