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DETAINED HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST RISKS TORTURE


Women’s rights activist Maryam Bahreman was arrested on 11 May 2011 by security officials, believed to be from the Ministry of Intelligence, who searched her home for three hours and then took her away as well as some of her personal possessions. She is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Amnesty International considers her to be a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association.

Maryam Bahreman is a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, also known as the Campaign for Equality, in the city of Shiraz, and was also General Secretary of Pars Women’s Organization (Sazman-e Zanan Pars), which was closed in 2007. She attended the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York in February-March 2011, where she spoken publicly on “Information and Communications Technologies in Iran from a gender perspective”. Shortly before her arrest, she had written a letter addressed to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, and his wife, political activist Zahra Rahnevard, on her blog which condemned their continuing house arrest.

The officials who arrested her had an arrest warrant issued by the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz which apparently accused her of “acting against state security”. Maryam Bahreman’s whereabouts are unknown and she is believed to be held in conditions amounting to an enforced disappearance. Her family has had no news from her since her arrest. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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