Four Women’s & Human Rights Activists have been Arrested

Three Women’s & Human rights activists have been Arrested whilst travelling to Qom

Feminist School :As a result of the news of the sudden death of Ayatollah Montazeri on the 20th of December people in large numbers were on their way to Qom for the next day burial ceremony. Around 45 activists and their families joined the travellers to pay their last respects. The travellers were suppose to set off at 9 in the evening from Haft e Tir square. Whilst the security forces were dispersing people from the square, at last the buses carrying people set off by 9.30. The security forces had caused diversions and hence the buses were stopped, searched and Mahboubeh Abasgholi Zadeh (fortunately Mahboubeh Abasgholi Zadeh was released after 1 day), Shiva Nazarahari and Kouhyar Goudarzi members of women’s and Human rights movement were arrested.

Somayeh Rashidi Arrested

Somayeh Rashidi, women’s rights defender and Campaign activist was arrested on Saturday December 19, after appearing for interrogation at the Revolutionary Courts.

Afrooz Maghzi, the lawyer representing Somayeh, explained to the site of Change for Equality that: “this morning and in follow up to a summons she received after the search of her home, Somayeh Rashidi went to the Revolutionary Courts. Despite the fact that the court accepted that I would represent Rashidi in the case against her, I was not allowed to be present during the interrogation. Somayeh Rashidi was in interrogation for about 2 hours, after which I was informed that she had been charged and a temporary arrest order had been issued in her case. She was then transferred to Evin prison.”

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