On October 5, the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) announced the death of Mohammad Jarahi, an activist who had championed the rights of workers for years. 

“Mohammad Jarahi, veteran labor activist, died today around 8am at the Martyrs Hospital in Tajrish [Tehran],” read the news flash. “Jarahi, who suffered from thyroid cancer ,was first hospitalized in Tabriz and was then sent for further treatment to the Martyrs Hospital where he underwent surgery.” [Persian link]

While in prison, Jarahi was denied medical attention. His ordeal is the latest in a series of news stories about prisoners of conscience being denied appropriate medical treatment. Last month, photographs were circulated on social media of journalist Alireza Rajaei after he underwent surgery that left him disfigured, a situation that was the result of medical neglect in prison. Jailed dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has also been denied access to medical professionals outside Evin Prison, and press freedom group Reporters sans Frontieres has expressed concern over the health of jailed journalist Ehsan Mazandarani, who suffered a heart attack in prison last year and has been refused a transfer to see a doctor for his current ailing health.

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