Student Activist Sentenced for Attending November Protests 2019

Student Activist Sentenced for Attending November Protests 2019

Published by on November 13, 2020

International Liberty Association: Marjan Es’haghi, student activist, a student of political sciences at Tehran University, received a total of five years’ imprisonment for participating in the November 2019 protests.
The Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Marjan Es’haghi to 1 year in prison and 4 years of suspended jail sentence on 11 November.

Marjan Es’haghi was arrested after participating in a student gathering at Tehran University on 17 November as she was leaving the campus.

Agents of the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence took her to Ward 2A of Evin Prison which is the IRGC’s detention centre. On 4 December 2019, the IRGC released her on bail after 18 days of interrogation, until completion of the legal procedure. Ms. Es’haghi is charged with “assembly and collusion against national security.”

Handing down prison sentences for participants in the November 2019 protests, is part of the goverment’s efforts to prevent outbreak of protests in Iran. The Intelligence Ministry has also launched a new wave of arrests over the past week in various cities of Iran, arresting former political prisoners and summoning others to report to prison.

Mehrnoush Tafian

In yet another measure against freedom of expression and freedom of the press, the Iranian Judiciary arrested a journalist from Ahvaz.

ILA: Mehrnoush Tafian, is married and has a young son. She is a freelance journalist who reported on environmental issues and problems of workers and slum dwellers. Some of her reports had appeared in the state-run Mehr news agency and Asr-e Jonub website.

Ms. Tafian appeared before the Branch 13 of the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz on 29 October 2020. Since she did not afford to deposit her bail, security forces took her to Prison where she remains incarcerated. No information is available on the reasons for her arrest and charges.

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