Human Rights Alerts

Bahareh Hedayat Continues to be Banned from Visits A Year into her 9.5 Year Prison Term

January 1, 2011

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Prison officials informed Bahareh’s family that she is banned from further visits for an indefinite period of time. It should also be noted that her physical situation at present is not well either. She needs medical attention for treatment of gallbladder stones, which she has been refused by prison officials.

New Charges Brought against Student Activists Bahareh Hedayat and Majid Tavakoli, a Year into their Prison Terms

January 1, 2011

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According to reports, the investigative judge in Branch 4 of the revolutionary courts located inside Evin prison, has charged the two with “spreading of propaganda against the state” and “actions against national security through collusion against the state.” The investigative judge has declared that the two imprisoned student activists have collectively along with international media outlets colluded to act against the security of the state.

Navid Mohebi, Blogger and Campaign Activist Released from Prison

January 1, 2011

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Navid Mohebi, a young blogger and Campaign activist based in the Northern city of Amol, was released on 25 December, 2010. Mohebi was faced with a variety of charges in court including: actions against national security, spreading of propaganda against the state, and membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign. The court sentenced Navid to a three year prison term, suspended for the period of 5 years.

Final Communiqué of Iranian Women Rights Activists’ Sit-in in Geneva

December 24, 2010

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Shirin Ebadi and the group of Iranian women activists who gathered to start a sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations in Geneva on December 20 to protest against the continued incarceration of their peer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, ended their sit-in.

Two Campaign Activists Final Sentence Issued: Six Months Jail, Monetary Fine

December 24, 2010

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Two One Million Signatures Campaign activists based in Qom, Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli, have been sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Court of Appeal. They have also been fined $218 and $109 respectively.

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250 Issue Statement Demanding Release Campaign Activist and Blogger Navid Mohebbi

November 5, 2010

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More than 250 bloggers and social and women’s rights activists have issued a statement demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Navid Mohebi a 19 year old blogger and Campaign activist.

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WLP uses Human Rights Alerts to focus urgent attention on the arrests of women’s human rights defenders and rally timely support for landmark campaigns on women’s rights.

In particular, we highlight challenges faced by our partner organizations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, many of whom are subject to surveillance, harassment, arrest, and organizational closure because of their work to advance women’s rights.

Sentence Confirmed For Award Winning Journalist, Jila Baniyaghoub; 1 Year Jail and 30 Years Ban from Journalism

October 28, 2010

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Jila Baniyaghoub, an award-winning journalist and activist in the Iranian Women’s movement, is now facing a mandatory sentence of one year in jail and a 30-year ban from journalism.

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