US concerned over welfare of prisoners of conscience in Iran

The US State Department expressed concern Friday about the welfare of what it said were several prisoners of conscience in Iran, including human rights advocate Emaddedin Baghi and union leader Mahmoud Salehi. Tom Casey, a department spokesman, said, "Both men's health has worsened significantly during their period of detention." He said Baghi was hospitalized Wednesday and Salehi was hospitalized earlier in December after experiencing complications from lack of proper treatment for his chronic kidney disease.