Before we all panic buy soap and toilet paper and prepare for the apocalypse, lets spare a thought for those in countries less capable of taking the required precautions. Take for example countries in Africa, the Far East, and the Middle East. We’ve seen the Iranian Health Minister appear on TV coughing and mopping his brow, only to confirm a day later he’d succumbed to the virus. It later came out that Iran had a major outbreak. Over the weekend it was reported that the prison where a lot of political prisoners are being held, including Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe, has the virus.
|Evin Prison Tehran|
Denying a prisoner access to healthcare is a tactic often used with political prisoners. Amnesty International's latest annual report says:
"In Iran prison authorities used prolonged solitary confinement or denial of medical care to punish prisoners held for politically motivated reasons. Such practices violate the prohibition of torture and other ill treatment."Nazanin’s case is far from unique. There are many foreign nationals held in Iran, often on trumped up charges. Most are Iranians with dual nationality, something Iran fails to recognise. Others are businessmen accused of spying, but with precious little evidence to back this up. In many of these cases, it seems like Iran is using these cases as bargaining chips against the west. There is precious little reason for this cruel incarceration, other than to force the West to ease the economic sanctions imposed on it.