More than 400 Iranian political and civil activists have issued a statement demanding the “immediate and unconditional” release of fellow activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraei from prison.

In a statement published on April 21, the activists said that Iraei was sentenced last week “in a brutal, unfair, and vindictive process after months of indecision in detention.”

They pointed out that nationwide protests sparked by the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini in police custody for an alleged headscarf violation has brought “a new wave of arrests and imprisonment and heavy sentences for political and social activists.”

Iraei, who has been arrested multiple times in the past due to her activism, is being held in Tehran’s Evin prison.

On April 13, the Tehran Revolutionary Court convicted her of “assembly and collusion against the regime” and “propaganda against the regime,” for which she was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison.

Iraee was also banned from leaving the country, staying in Tehran, or joining a party or group for two years, according to the Norway-based human rights group Hengaw.

Iraei, a life-long campaigner for human rights, was subjected to beatings and other ill-treatment during her arrest in Tehran on September 26.

She was transferred to the women’s ward of Evin prison on November 29 and was denied temporary leave because she refused to write a “letter of repentance.”

Source » iranwire