Nahid Taghavi

The 68-year-old retired architect, who is a German-Iranian dual national, was arrested at her apartment in Tehran in October 2020 and accused of “endangering security”.

Days in prison:1313 days

Imprisoned:16/10/2020

Released: /

Timelapse:

October 16, 2020: Iranian authorities detained her at her Tehran apartment

August 4, 2021: Taghavi's lawyer announced that she, as well as British-Iranian Mehran Raouf, had each been sentenced "to 10 years in prison for participating in the management of an illegal group and to eight months in prison for propaganda activities against the regime

June 2023: media reported that Taghavi's health was failing as she continued to be held in solitary confinement

Most of the prisoners in Iran are wrongfully detained. Arrests are politically motivated by Iranian Regime and his long arm of proxies.

Profession:
Retired architect

Nationality:
German-Iranian

Arrested for:
Convicted by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran of “forming a group composed of more than two people with the purpose of disrupting national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. She was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison.

The 68-year-old retired architect, who is a German-Iranian dual national, was arrested at her apartment in Tehran in October 2020 and accused of “endangering security”.

She was placed in solitary confinement at Evin prison and not given access to lawyers, German diplomats or members of her family, according to her daughter Mariam Claren.

Taghavi was repeatedly subjected to coercive questioning without the presence of lawyers, according to Amnesty International. Interrogators reportedly asked her about meeting people to discuss women’s and labour rights, and possessing literature about those issues.

In August 2021, she was convicted by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran of “forming a group composed of more than two people with the purpose of disrupting national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. She was sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison.

Taghavi had denied the charges, the first of which was apparently related to a social media account about women’s rights, and Amnesty said the trial was “grossly unfair”.

Ms Claren wrote on Twitter that her mother “did not commit any crime. Unless freedom of speech, freedom of thought are illegal”.

She has said her mother has been denied adequate healthcare by prison and prosecution authorities, despite doctors saying in September 2021 that she needed surgery on her spinal column.

In July 2022, Taghavi was granted urgent medical leave from prison for treatment for back and neck problems. She was sent back to Evin four months later.

A fellow inmate in the prison warned in June 2023 that Taghavi’s life was “in danger” following a further 220 days in solitary confinement.

“The pain is so severe that it can be clearly seen on her face. She can barely get out of her bed,” a message posted on human rights activist Narges Mohammadi’s Instagram account said.