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Reza Shahabi has been transferred to hospital

Reza Shahabi’s Defense Committee fully supports all the demands of this unjustly incarcerated worker and a board member of Bus Workers Syndicate of Tehran.

We also demand a dignified and respectful treatment of Reza Shahabi by the authorities, removal of hand cuffs from his bed, and a speedy resolve of his demands for a sick leave of absence, so we could pursue him to end his hunger strike, which could be approaching a deadly stage.

 

Reza Shahabi has been transferred to hospital (Imam Khomeini Hospital) on July, 12, 2014.

While being transferred he was handcuffed; however, even in hospital security forces refused to remove the handcuffs and they ended up handcuffing Reza to his hospital bed (see the attached photo). They also refused visitation by his family members and friends. Reza protested their abusive treatment and refused to break his hunger strike.

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Reza Shahabi has entered the 45th day of his hunger strike, while worries and grave concerns about his health continue to multiply.

Reza has lost about seventeen and half kilograms of his weight. He is experiencing blurry vision, partial loss of vision and eye pain. He is also having stomach pain and defecating blood, accompanied with severe headaches. Walking has become very difficult for him and he is feeling weakness and numbness in various body parts, especially his feet.
After the doctor examined Reza he said that under no circumstances will he allow Reza to go under surgery for his back disks, because forty five days of hunger strike has seriously weakened Reza’s body and most probably he won’t survive any surgery. According to the doctor, Reza must be treated for at least a month to a special diet, so his body could possibly recover and be ready for an operation. The doctor has also explicitly stated that unless Reza is given a sick leave of absence from the jail, the operation would be totally useless, since the surgery must be followed up with a regiment of specific physiotherapy and hydrotherapy…and the doctor must have access to Reza at all times if there’s any need for follow ups.

Reza for his part is still adamant about continuing his hunger strike until his demand for a sick leave of absence is met; thus, even the medical process cannot begin. Once again Reza is raising his rightful demands:

1) Return to Evin prison ward 350, whenever he’s returned to jail.
2) Sufficient medical leave of absence for his back disk surgery so he could fully recover.
3) Implementation of article 134 of the new Islamic Penal Code (the aggregate rule).
4) Conditional release.

Reza Shahabi’s Defense Committee fully supports all the demands of this unjustly incarcerated worker and a board member of Bus Workers Syndicate of Tehran.

We also demand a dignified and respectful treatment of Reza Shahabi by the authorities, removal of hand cuffs from his bed, and a speedy resolve of his demands for a sick leave of absence, so we could pursue him to end his hunger strike, which could be approaching a deadly stage.

Reza Shahabi Defence Committee
www.k-d-shahabi.blogspot.com / [email protected]
Committee Spokesperson: Mahmoud Salehi

· Translated by IASWI; July 15, 2014. www.workers-iran.org

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