ICHR strongly condemns the government of Iran for unlawful arrest of Nahid Taghavi, and for refusing to continue medication for her chronic high blood pressure condition. We firmly calls on the Government of Iran to stop their unlawful arrests and violations of people’s rights.

October 2020, Nahid Taghavi a 66-year-old Iranian-German citizen, was unlawfully arrested without warrants by the Revolutionary Guards in the city of Tehran.

Security forces searched her home without presenting warrant for search and confiscated her personal belongings, including laptop, phone, memory card, photographs, money, books, and German passport.

Authorities denied Nahid Taghavi access to lawyer and refused to provide any information to her family or lawyer about her detention and the charges that led to Nahid’s arrest.

Nahid Taghavi is a German citizen who spends several months of the year visiting family in Iran. She suffers from high blood pressure and needs medication, and she also has severe back problems.

The Authorities at Evin Prison have refused to accept blood pressure medication that his family tried to give them after her arrest. Also she has been denied medical care for her chronic high blood pressure condition.

Under international law the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners is that the authorities must ensure that all prisoners have prompt access to medical attention and health care. The provision of health care for prisoners is the states responsibility.

Prisoners should have the same standards of health care that are available in the community, including testing, prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

“The regime of the Islamic Republic uses its corrupt laws to fill up their overcrowded jails and to achieve its criminal and repressive goals.  And the lives and health of the people and the society have no value for these criminal rulers.” Said; Ardeshir Zarezadeh, Executive Director of ICHR.

ICHR is greatly concerned that Nahid Taghavi is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, including denial of medical care. Government of Iran must stop their unlawful arrests and violations of people’s rights.