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Women’s rights activist jailed in Iran

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Friday November 23, 2007 16:56author by Maryjane O'Leary - HOPIE Report this post to the editors

Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist Maryam Hossienkhah has been detained in Evin prison in Iran charged with disruption of public opinion and propaganda against the state.

Following interrogation by the security branch of the Revolutionary Courts she was transferred to Evin Prison on Sunday.

The Women’s Cultural Centre website, an NGO with whom Hossienkhah worked, was shut down by the Iranian Ministry of Culture within days of her arrest.

Maryam Hosseikhah has worked tirelessly in the name of anti-discrimination against women in Iran for many years and is a leading activist on the One Million Signatures Campaign Against Discriminatory Laws.

Her arrest appears to be the latest in an official clampdown on anti-government dissenters within Iran.

But Maryam’s husband insists his wife’s aims are social and not political.

Mr Shahab Mirzayi said: “(She is) engaged in bringing equality for men and women. They want to take a draft law to the parliament. What they're doing is legal and transparent. Unfortunately they're facing these actions - it's not clear why they're being treated like this."

At least two other members of the campaign have been jailed in recent months. Ronak Safarzadeh and Hana Abdi were arrested in September and October in Kurdistan Province. They remain in prison, reportedly with no access to family members or lawyers.

Earlier this month, Iran's judiciary temporarily suspended prison sentences against a women's rights activist and social worker who were arrested at a demonstration in mid-2006.

author by C Murraypublication date Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors


http://www.indymedia.ie/article/85042
also on the newswire the million signature campaign:- http://www.isiswomen/org

I am assuming the above trolls are men and get some vicarious satisfaction from hitting on the stories
where the author may not be a regular contributor, thus putting off new writers...

author by C Murraypublication date Sat Nov 24, 2007 17:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The global IMC has a link to Iranian blogs, I have published it before.
http://www.indymedia.org.

Try re-posting the article with a link...

[The blogs are on the right hand column as you scroll down the iMC site, indy.ie is affiliated
also]

I do not know the article that you mentioned. but have seen many posts on the issue
around the site in the past months.

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