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Female activist released on bail, awaiting appeal results

Atena DaemiRadiiozamaneh - Atena Daemi, an Iranian political activist who has been in Evin Prison's women's ward for over a year, was released today on bail of 700 million toumans.

New App that Detects Morality Police is Instant Hit in Iran - A smartphone application aimed at helping Iranian users avoid the country's morality police became a smash hit immediately after it was released today, with its servers being inundated by requests, according to one of its creators.

Tahereh Jafari Deprived of Medical Furlough

Tahereh JafariHRANA News Agency – The Prosecutor’s office have not agreed with the medical furlough of Ms Tahereh Jafari, political prisoner of the women’s ward of Evin prison.

UN voices alarm at growing number of child marriages in Iran

Ayourmiddleeast - A growing number of young girls are being forced to marry in Iran, UN rights experts warned Thursday, decrying laws permitting sexual intercourse with girls as young as nine.

Press TV Anchor Sexually Harassed by Boss for Years - Press TV bosses, including news director Hamid Reza Emadi sexually harassed former news anchor Sheena Shirani for years, the young female reporter revealed on Thursday, February 4.

Activist remains jailed with no court date in sight

Shokoufeh Azar MasoulehRadiozamaneh - Iranian activist Shokoufeh Azar Masouleh remains in jail without being charged and cannot put up bail due to a lack of financial means. In a letter from jail, Azar Masouleh writes that the court has not agreed to reduce the bail and release her until the time of her trial.

Faraghdani’s Handshake with Her Lawyer is Not a Crime, Judge Rules - Prisoner of conscience Atena Faraghdani and her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, have been acquitted of “illegitimate relations” for shaking hands during a prison visit. 

“My daughter was mentally crushed by this accusation but she’s very happy since she heard about the acquittal,” Atena Faraghdani’s mother, Eshrat Ardestani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The written decision was sent to Mohammad Moghimi on January 16, 2016.

Faraghdani, who is in Evin Prison awaiting a decision by the Appeals Court on her 12-year prison sentence for drawings she posted on Facebook, and Moghimi were charged with “illegitimate relations” after they shook hands in front of two prison guards at a meeting to discuss her case on June 13, 2015. Under the Islamic Republic’s laws, it is illegal for the opposite sexes to touch unless they are related. Moghimi was held in prison for four days for that handshake and released on bail.

After a closed-court trial in Branch 1166 of the Criminal Court on October 3, 2015, Judge Majid Sharifzad ruled that neither had broken the law.

A recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International’s 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award,  Faraghdani has been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for a  drawing she posted on Facebook showing members of the legislature with animal heads. She was expressing her criticism of a bill outlawing voluntary sterilization and restricting access to birth control.

She was sentenced by Judge Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court on January 10, 2015, for “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader, the President, Members of the Parliament, and the IRGC [Revolutionary Guards] Ward 2-A agents” who interrogated her.

“The Appeals Court heard my daughter’s case on December 20, [2015,] and we are waiting for the decision. I beg the judicial officials to decide quickly. It took seven months for the Appeals Court to hear this case and now it has been almost a month and they still haven’t issued a verdict. This long indecision is harming the prisoner and her family,” Faraghdani’s mother told the Campaign.

Sara Saei’s Case Has Been Sent To The Criminal Court Of Tehran

Mohammad Ali Taheri

HRANA News Agency – Sara Saei’s case has been sent to branch 1060 of Tehran criminal court.

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According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the case of Sara Saei, one of the students of Mohammad Ali Taheri and Halgheh theosophy activist, has been referred to branch 1060 of Tehran second criminal court.

Her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi said that Sara Saei was a student of Mohammad Ali Taheri and had been arrested during the protests in front of Evin prison, on November 21, 2015. She was then transferred to Gharchak prison in Varamin. According to Moghimi, Ms. Saei was released on the bail after 8 days.

Her charge is disrupting public order.

Need to be mentioned, Gharchak prison is usually the place for keeping prisoners with heavy crimes.

Narges Mohammadi Will Be Tried On January 9th

Narges MohammadiHRANA News Agency – The trial session of Narges Mohammadi, imprisoned human rights activist, is scheduled for January 9, in branch number 15 of the revolutionary court by chief judge Salavati.

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