7th June, 2016

An Iranian Christian prisoner who went on a hunger strike to protest against the prison’s refusal to allow her to receive treatment for long-standing health issues, has been granted temporary release from prison on 6th June, so that she can receive medical treatment.

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a convert from Islam, is nearly three years into a four year sentence for “acting against national security" at Tehran’s Evin prison. She was originally arrested in January, 2013, in connection with her work at an orphanage alongside Saeed Abedini, who was also imprisoned, but eventually released in January this year.

A member of the Zargaran family told Mohabat News prior to the latest developments that Zagaran was "suffering from serious health issues".

"Before going on hunger strike, she had lost 25 kilograms and her health issues had intensified. Authorities do not show the slightest concern over Maryam’s health. In addition, she is suffering from depression and takes medication for it," they said.

Ms Zargaran reportedly has a history of heart problems and has recently reported pain in her ears and head. In October, 2015, she was allowed to receive a few days’ treatment outside the prison, but forced to return before it was completed.

- World Watch Monitor