Mehdi Karroubi

The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says the health of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been kept under house arrest by Islamic Republic officials since 2011, is seriously in danger.

The report issued on Wednesday October 23 states that the 76-year-old dissident is suffering from osteoporosis resulting from dangerously low levels of vitamin D.

Karroubi is being held under house arrest and given little opportunity to get outside for fresh air or sunlight.

Karroubi’s son has reported to the Campaign that his father's health is “critical due to confinement in a closed space for nearly 1000 days without proper access to sunlight and fresh air.”

Taghi Karroubi reported: “Because of the lack of sunlight, his bones are softening, and the lack of fresh air is adversely impacting his digestive system and his heart. It has been such that over the past six months, security forces have taken him three times for treatment in two different hospitals in Tehran. Both his physician, who is trusted by the family, as well as medical doctors associated with the Intelligence Ministry have confirmed that Mr. Karroubi must have access to proper sunlight and fresh air daily. Unfortunately, due to his confinement in a ‘safe house,’ this very basic right is denied to him.”

Reports indicate that despite efforts from the new administration to release the opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, MirHosein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard from house arrest, hardline forces in the establishment remain adamant on continuing their arrest.