Iran: Women’s rights activists sentenced to Imprisonment

Iran: Women’s rights activists sentenced to Imprisonment

Published by on December 12, 2020
Najmeh Vahedi & Hoda Amid

International Liberty Association: Two women’s rights activists, Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi, were sentenced to 15 years in prison, in addition to depriving them of social activities by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran.
The 15th Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Hoda Amid, a lawyer and women’s rights activist, to 8 years in prison, banning her from her social rights for two years, and from practicing law for two years.

The court also sentenced Najmeh Vahedi to 7 years in jail and deprived from some of her social rights for two years.

It should be mentioned that, the head of the court, Abolghassem Salavati, was involved in the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, and is still sitting on a decision-making bench.

Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi were separately arrested on 1 September 2018, at their places of residence. Najmeh Vahedi is a graduate of sociology from Tehran’s Allameh University and she is a women’s rights activist. She is presently a student of women’s studies. The two women’s rights activists used to hold educational workshops for women to teach them about their rights.

ILA: Previously, Amnesty International issued a statement warning that the arrests of lawyers and women’s rights activists in Iran signal intensifying crackdown on civil society.

It is worth mentioning that, Amnesty International also pointed out in its statement, “The arrests of human rights lawyers are part of an attempt by the authorities to prevent them from being able to defend their clients, who are often human rights defenders or individuals who face the death penalty, including for crimes committed as a child.”

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