An Iranian activist group has raised concerns about the deteriorating health of jailed activist Ali Abdi, saying he is at risk of losing his eyesight.
The Committee for the Follow-Up of the Situation of Detainees said on Instagram on November 16 that Abdi's health condition has worsened due to a lack of access to appropriate medical care while in custody.
Abdi is held in Ward 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison, which is under the control of the intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Four months after his arrest, there is still no precise information regarding the charges he may face and the due to a lack of access toof his case.
Abdi returned to Iran on June 22 following 14 years of exile. Before his arrest, Abdi participated in discussions in the popular social networking platform Clubhouse.
He is also a former member of the Sharif University of Technology Islamic Association of Students and participated in the 2006 One Million Signatures Campaign to repel gender-discriminatory laws.
Prior to his return to Iran, he had traveled to Afghanistan to work on his doctoral thesis but had to leave the country after the Taliban returned to power in 2021.
He earned his master's degree in gender studies in Budapest, Hungary, and pursued a doctorate in anthropology at Yale University in the United States.