Iran: Nurse imprisoned for expression of her thoughts

Iran: Nurse imprisoned for expression of her thoughts

Published by on January 26, 2016

Nargess-FarhadiMs. Nargess Farhadi was summoned to Evin Prison on January 21, 2016, to serve her one-year prison sentence.

Ms. Farhadi had been arrested on October 8, 2014, along with 70 others for submitting a letter to the mullahs’ parliament demanding freedom of imprisoned teacher of mysticism, Mohammad Ali Taheri, who was on hunger strike at the time.

Ms. Farhadi went on hunger strike for eight days before she was released on bail. She was told during interrogation in the notorious 209 ward of Evin, to write a paper against her teacher but she refused. In a summary trial, she was sentenced to one year imprisonment and three lashes of the whip.

Ms. Farhadi is an ICU nurse for heart surgery and worked at Rajaii Hospital but was expelled from her job on the orders of the court judge. This is while Iranian hospitals are badly short of doctors and nurses.

Ms. Farhadi’s case shows the absence of freedom of expression in Iran and how one has to pay dearly for expressing her ideas.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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