Quite a lot has been written on the abominable state of prisons in Iran, especially the prisons meant for political prisoners. Amnesty has now issued a new report which focuses on the prisons’ systematic “toying with the lives of prisoners of conscience and other political prisoners by denying them adequate medical care, putting them at grave risk of death, permanent disability or other irreversible damage to their health”. The report goes on to show that Iran’s judiciary and prison administrations “deliberately prevent access to adequate medical care, in many cases as an intentional act of cruelty intended to intimidate, punish or humiliate political prisoners, or to extract forced “confessions” or statements of “repentance” from them”. In short, “in Iran a prisoner’s health is routinely taken hostage by the authorities, who recklessly ignore the medical needs of those in custody. Denying medical care to political prisoners is cruel and utterly indefensible”. Of course, these abuses are in contravention of international and Iranian laws.