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The U.S. State Department says it is concerned over reports that Iranian Kurdish activist Mohammed Seddigh Kaboudvand and human rights defender Nargess Mohammadi are suffering from “rapidly deteriorating health” in prison.

In a statement issued on July 18, State Department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland called on Iranian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners and to uphold its laws and obligations that guarantee freedom of expression, religion, opinion and assembly.

Reports say Kaboudvand has been on hunger strike since May 26 to protest the Iranian authorities’ refusal to allow him to visit his sick son.

Mohammadi has been denied proper medical care for previous health problems.

Both are reportedly in critical condition.

Earlier this week three rights groups also called on Iran to release ailing Kaboudvand. Kaboudvand and Mohammadi have been jailed on security charges.

Based on State Department statement, Amnesty International

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