May 30, 2015
Prominent imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi underwent surgery to stop severe abnormal uterine bleeding on May 29, according to the Center for Defenders of Human Rights. The hospital’s chief physician recommended Mohammadi remain under observation in the hospital until the bleeding ceases and she has fully recovered from the operation. Mohammadi is serving a 16-year prison sentence for her peaceful defense of human rights in Iran. She was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” and “propaganda against the state.” Learn more: http://buff.ly/2rk1cDM
(Center for Human Rights in Iran Facebook)
May 29, 2017
Suffering… Human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi was taken from Evin Prison to a hospital in Tehran Sunday to receive specialist treatment for abnormal bleeding. Mohammadi will not leave prison before 2026 according to a punishment handed down by the Revolutionary Court for her peaceful defense of the rights of women and her opposition to the death penalty.
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May 23, 2017
Mostafa Daneshjou, a formerly imprisoned lawyer and member of a Sufi religious order known as the Gonabadi Dervishes, has been expelled from university without explanation, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.
“I think the reason why they expelled me was my belief in the Gonabadi order,” Daneshjou told CHRI. “I have always defended the dervishes and I spent almost four years in prison for it.”
“I think that’s why the Intelligence Ministry is taking away my rights,” he added. “Usually these expulsion orders are issued by the Intelligence Ministry’s document verification office and they decide who can and can’t study at the university.”
Daneshjou was finishing his second term in criminology at the Islamic Azad University of Tehran as a graduate student when he received the news in a phone call from the university’s administrative office on May 20, 2017.
“They told me that according to an order from the university’s central security office, I have been banned from continuing my education, but they did not say why they reached that decision,” Daneshjou told CHRI.
“The next day I filed a complaint and demanded a written explanation,” he added. “I will wait and see. If I don’t hear back from them, I will take my case to the appropriate judicial authorities.”
Daneshjou started working as a lawyer in 2003, but was banned from practicing law in 2007 because of his peaceful advocacy in defense of the rights of Gonabadi Dervishes, which follow a different interpretation of Islam than Iran’s ruling Shia establishment.
May 3, 2017
The Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. She was sentenced to 10 years for “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the state.” She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison.
(Center for Human Rights in Iran Facebook)
(N.B. Narges Mohammadi is also a human rights lawyer)
April 25, 2017
Of all the places one might encounter Shirin Ebadi, Tallahassee should not be one. I was to meet her in the state capital of what is officially known as America’s sunshine state, but is more widely regarded as America’s weirdest state. Ebadi was in Florida for PeaceJam, which connects Nobel peace prize laureates with youth. But I found it hard to imagine the greatest Iranian human rights icon spending Persian New Year week at a teen camp on the Florida panhandle. “I go everywhere, I live on planes,” she tells me on the phone and indeed days later I’m scheduled to meet her closer to my home in New York City.
On the phone I hold my breath every time we speak – her informal, easy Persian contrasts with mine, layered with too much cloying etiquette, the kind you prepare for some relative of your dreams. Persian is my first language – I use it to speak to my family and Iranian friends, but recently I feel anxious. I consider the prospect of translating Persian for those trapped in legalese at airports during the “Muslim ban”, and I don’t trust my tongue.
Trouble came soon enough: in 1999 she was charged with “disturbing public opinion”, for which she spent 25 days in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, where she had visited her clients many times. More convictions quickly followed and she was threatened with more imprisonment and a bar on practicing law for five years but due to international pressure her sentence was reduced to a fine.
When the Nobel came in 2003, Ebadi was shocked. “I had no idea I was a candidate. When I found out, I was very surprised. The [prize] money helped me so I could get a good apartment, get some computers in there, and our work really progressed.” She set up an office for what would become a major human rights organisation, the Center for Defenders of Human Rights (CDHR) which supported the families of political prisoners.
April 21, 2017
Today, human rights campaigner Narges Mohammadi celebrates her 45th birthday in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Her crime is campaigning against the death penalty.
She faces another nine years in jail, and has already been held on various charges since May 2015.
“Mohammadi has not committed any crime,” Roya Boroumand, a human rights activist, told Middle East Eye.
“She simply refused to be silent on human rights abuses and has tried, along with others, to bring an end to the abuse of death penalty in Iran.”
The heavy sentence “underline Iran’s authorities fear of truth-telling”, added Boroumand, the co-founder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation.
Mohammadi was convicted in 2016 of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security”, “spreading propaganda against the system” and “founding a group composed of more than two people with the purpose of disrupting national security”, according to Amnesty.
(N.B. Narges Mohammadi is also a lawyer)
April 12, 2017
Mohammadi: Imprisonment Makes Me More “Determined”
Imprisoned human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has been offered temporary release if she promises to be silent about her unjust sentence, her husband told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
“The authorities have told Narges that they would grant her furlough on the condition that she not talk to or meet anyone,” said Taghi Rahmani, who lives with the couple’s two children in Paris. “No interviews, no phone calls, no visits.”
“They wanted her to give a written commitment, but how can you allow a prisoner to leave prison and then create another prison for her?” he added.
“How could Narges avoid other people coming to greet the family on the Iranian New Year? How could she not talk to them? What kind of temporary leave is that? Narges didn’t accept those conditions,” he said.
Rahmani told CHRI Mohammadi wants to appeal against her sentence at the Supreme Court.
“Lawyers representing Narges have asked the Supreme Court to review her 16-year prison sentence and she herself has put in a request to the Article-90 Committee to investigate its legality,” he said.