Iranian medical staff face death threats, arrest and interrogation for treating injured protesters

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Iranian medical personnel are being pressured to lie about the causes of injuries or deaths of protesters attacked by Islamic Republic security forces. They have been arrested, interrogated, beaten and, in one case, allegedly killed for treating injured protesters in secret, as doctors and activists in Iran told the FRANCE 24 Observers team.

After four months of protests in Iran, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran's forces continue to crack down on medical personnel.

The protests began with outrage followng the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after being arrested by the morality police for “improperly” wearing her hijab.

Activists and human rights monitors report that dozens of Iranian doctors have been arrested, most of them in the Kurdish region of western Iran. Shouresh Heidari, a pharmacist from Kurdistan province, is the first medical professional whose detention was covered by the Iranian media. He was detained from November 20 to December 5 for treating injured protesters in the city of Bukan.

According to Iranian activists in contact with Iranian doctors, hundreds of them were also interrogated and threatened with losing their medical licences if they treated the injured in secret.

Threatening doctors, falsifying death certificates

Sanam (not her real name) is an Iranian doctor. She works in a hospital in southern Iran, in a city that has seen significant protests over the past four months:

Shamim (not her real name) is a physician in a city in central Iran. She tells the Observers about the pressures on the medical staff that she has witnessed: