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Political Activist Detained Without Charge Subjected to “Illegal” Interrogations in Evin Prison

Political Activist Detained Without Charge Subjected to “Illegal” Interrogations in Evin PrisonCHRI- Ailing political activist Hengameh Shahidi, who has been on hunger strike in Evin Prison since March 16, 2017 to protest her detention without charge, is being subjected to renewed interrogations by security agents, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.

Book Club Members in Iran Sentenced to Prison Time for Allegedly "Promoting Feminism"

CHRI - Eight political and civil rights activists have received sentences of up to four years in prison for allegedly reading and spreading feminist literature in Iran-two years after the charges were laid and during a mass trial that limited their defenses to three written sentences.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Additional Charges by IRGC Against Imprisoned Iranian Rights Activist Atena Daemi

CHRI - Imprisoned children's rights activist Atena Daemi has ended her hunger strike after she and her sisters were acquitted of additional charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that resulted in additional time added onto her seven-year prison sentence.


IRAN: FURTHER INFORMATION: IRAN: WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN CRITICAL HEALTH: ATENA DAEMIAmnesty - The health of Iranian women's rights activist, Atena Daemi, has sharply deteriorated. After 46 days on hunger strike, she is critically ill and her body has started rejecting water. Despite doctors' warnings, the authorities are still refusing to transfer her to a hospital outside prison for specialist medical care. She is a prisoner of conscience.


IRAN: FURTHER INFORMATION: REPRISAL FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST 1988 MASSACRE: MARYAM AKBARI MONFAREDAmnesty - Prisoner of conscience Maryam Akbari Monfared has been threatened with an additional three-year prison term and exile to a remote prison. This was in reprisal for her open letters seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were extrajudicially executed in 1988. She has been held in Tehran's Evin prison since 2009 serving a 15-year sentence.

Iran refuses hospital transfer for jailed human rights defender on hunger strike for 40 days

IranAmnesty - The Iranian authorities must immediately transfer Atena Daemi, an imprisoned human rights defender, whose health has sharply deteriorated in recent days, to a hospital outside of prison so that she can receive the specialized medical care she requires, said Amnesty International.

Iranian Women’s Rights Activists Use Elections as “Opportunities” to Put Forth Demands

CHRI - A member of the Women's Citizenship Center, a non-governmental organization in Tehran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that women's rights activists are increasingly using their leverage as an important voting block to put forth their demands during elections.

Iranian Authorities Block Attempts by Gold Medalist’s Husband to Stop Her From Competing Abroad

CHRI - For the second time, Iranian authorities have allowed two-time Iranian Paralympic gold medalist Zahra Nemati to travel abroad to compete despite her estranged husband's attempts to force her to stay home.

According to Article 18 of Iran's Passport Law, a married woman needs her husband's permission to travel abroad.

"You cannot do something for selfish reasons to endanger the interests of the nation," said Nemati in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on May 8, 2017. "When I travel to other countries, I am representing the disabled women of my country and I bring home medals."

"My husband's wish certainly won't affect me because I don't travel for personal reasons," she added. "It's for a goal higher than a couple's marital issues."

On May 8, 2017, Nemati's husband Roham Shahabipour told the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) that he had asked the Passport Office not to issue an exit visa to Nemati after she asked for a divorce.

"After the Paralympic Olympics in Rio, Zahra left the house for some reason and has refused to come back home despite many appeals," said Shahabipour. "She has even asked for a divorce, so I banned her from traveling so she won't be able to compete in any tournaments abroad."

Nemati, who won the gold medal in women's archery at the London (2012) and Rio (2016) Paralympics, told CHRI that her husband had also attempted to force her to stay home before the Rio games, but the authorities allowed her to travel for competitions, including to an event in Switzerland in March 2017.

"My husband unfortunately banned me from traveling before the Rio games and I was very demoralized when I got there. I didn't say anything because I don't like to talk about my personal life," she said. "Of course, Mr. Shahabipour can say anything he wants, but I can only hope that future decisions by the authorities will not be influenced by his words."

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nemati became the second woman after Iran's 1979 revolution to lead the Iranian team at the Olympics' opening ceremony.

In 2015, Niloufar Ardalan, the captain of Iran's women's national futsal team, was issued a special permit by Iran's judiciary to compete in the Asian championships in Malaysia despite her husband's attempts to make her stay home.

"I'm not going abroad for fun," Ardalan tweeted in May 2015. "My goal is to bring home glory for my national flag and my country. I'm a woman and a mother and I won't forego my rights for being either one."


Family Witnesses Reformist Political Activist Faint From Hunger Strike in Evin Prison

CHRI - Hengameh Shahidi Held Without Charge or Legal Counsel Since March 2017

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