Prisoner denied TB treatment
Deborah Cohen Manchester
Amnesty International has expressed concern about a seriously ill prisoner in Pakistan who has been denied treatment for tuberculosis. Former air force officer Akram Awan, who was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for “antistate” activities after an unfair trial, is endangering his own life as well as that of prison staff and inmates.
Tuberculosis is spread by airborne droplet infection placing those in close contact with infected people at risk, particularly in crowded and closed environments, such as prisons. Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International, said: “ Having denied Akram Awan a fair trial, the Pakistani authorities are now placing his life at risk by refusing him proper care for a deadly, but treatable illness.”
The refusal of treatment contravenes the United Nations declaration, which states that “sick prisoners who require specialist treatment shall be transferred to specialised institutions or to civil hospitals.” Furthermore, the Pakistani authorities have failed to