Women's rights defenders, Mahboubeh Hossein Zadeh and Nahid Keshavarz, remain in prison: families and lawyer denied information and the opportunity to post bail
The Iranian government should immediately release two women's rights activists arrested on April 1 and end its harassment and persecution of human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said today.
Mahboubeh Hossein Zadeh and Nahid Keshavarz, two members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, were arrested on Monday April 2nd while collecting signatures in support of a petition to change discriminatory laws against women in Iran.
A synopsis of the Campaign to end discriminatory laws in Iran, by front-line activist and journalist, Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani.
Women's human rights defenders released on exorbitant bail, but repression of civil society continues.
Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abasgholizadeh were released from prison on Monday. However, the charges against the two women have not been dropped and the bail has been set at an exorbitant rate.
The NGO offices of Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh and Shadi Sadr, the two Iranian activists still imprisoned after women's peaceful demonstration in Tehran on 4 March, were closed down by the Revolutionary Court on Thursday evening.
Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abasgholizadeh have been arraigned, charged with being a "threat to national security," and remanded on March 11 by interrogators at Evin Prison, authorized by the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran.
All but three of the 33 Iranian women's rights activists jailed on Sunday were freed Wednesday night, on the eve of International Women's Day, in exchange for a pledge not to demonstrate on 8 March.
Amnesty International today called for the immediate and unconditional release of over 30 women activists who were arrested on Sunday, 4 March while staging a peaceful demonstration in Tehran.
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