Human rights official blasts detention of pregnant Iranian woman in Australia as unacceptable

FNA- Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani lashed out at Australian authorities for arresting Negar Qods Kani to extradite her to the US.

“We are against her detention and extradition to the US, specially when she is not in good health conditions and is pregnant and is facing many restrictions in access (to medical care), nutrition and medical issues,” Larijani said on Monday.

Noting that detention and extradition of Negar Qods Kani to the US is not acceptable, he described it as a violation of the international laws and norms.

Larijani said that he has contacted Australian officials over the case, asking them to practice self-restraint and receive the necessary judiciary and intelligence information from Iran.

Negar Qods Kani, an Iranian woman residing in Australia, has been jailed by the Australian judicial officials since June 16, 2017 over alleged charges of violating the US commercial laws.

In time of her arrest, Negar was pregnant and now she is in her last months of pregnancy facing inappropriate conditions inside the prison such as poor access to healthy foods.

Australian officials have ignored Iran’s repeated calls for improving her conditions and the court handling her case has recently ruled out her appeal for freedom on bail.