Iran has moved a step closer to re-imprisoning a female human rights advocate for her peaceful expressions of opposition to the nation’s Islamist rulers. A knowledgeable source told VOA the woman was sentenced to six years in prison for criticizing the nation’s Islamist rulers through street protests and social media.
UN independent experts expressed alarm at human rights lawyer and woman human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh’s return to Evin Prison in Iran this week despite her deteriorating health condition, and called for her immediate release.
UN experts today called on Iran to temporarily release human rights defenders from prison to protect them from the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.
Prominent Iranian human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh has been on a hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin prison for more than three weeks to protest the risk that political prisoners in Iran face amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Iranian activist Farangis Mazloum, who is the mother of political prisoner Soheil Arabi appeared in court on Tuesday, accused of “assembly and collusion to commit crime through making contacts with the People’s Mojahedin Organization”.
The husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent lawyer and human rights activist who is on hunger strike at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, said Thursday her health has badly deteriorated after seventeen days of refusing food.
Infected labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh has started a hunger strike since Sunday August 16, after being transferred from Evin Prison to Gohardasht Prison (Rajai Shahr) in Karaj instead of a hospital. Mr. Azimzadeh contracted the corona virus while in Evin Prison. After a clinic doctor diagnosed that he was an emergency case, prison authorities transferred him out of Evin but instead of taking him to a civic hospital, took him to Gohardasht Prison.
Human rights activist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has begun a hunger strike to protest “the injustice and illegal conditions that political detainees are subjected to in Iranian prisons”.
Multiple female Kurdish political prisoners in Iran have been prosecuted, detained, and give exceptionally long prison terms in the past month, as part of the regime’s 40-year-long persecution of ethnic minorities, designed to keep the mullahs in power.
Protesters, journalists and women who refuse to wear a hijab all risk facing trial in Iran. But many of the lawyers trained to fight for those defendants are already in jail.
Alireza Alinejad, the brother of Iranian activist Masih Alinejad, has been sentenced to eight years in prison, under sham charges that reflect Iran’s continuing persecution of the family members of critics of the state.