Following our earlier post on Ghoncheh Ghavami…
A short recap: This young British-Iranian activist for women’s rights was picked up by the police for watching a volley ball game in a gender segregated stadium.
She was released, rearrested and sent to th einfamous Evin prison where she has spent over 100 days and nights – at least 40 in solitary confinement – with limited connections to her lawyer and family.
At first, no one knew what were the charges – Iranian media reported that she would be charged for espionage at one point but this week, the sentence went through and she received one year in jail for “propaganda agains the regime”.
She is now on her second hunger-strike.
All this follows another post regarding Iran’s head of human rights, Javad Larijani’s “outstanding oscar performance” and the UPR of Iran in which he made Iran sound like a paradise for human rights.
Here are a few relevant quotes which are in stark contrast to what Ghavami has been through and will continue to go through for the next 9 months:
- Larijani: Tehran “genuinely and meaningfully” involves its citizens “without any discrimination of any kind”.
Iran 24/07: He forgot to mention the severe gender segregation that landed Ghavami in jail in the first place.
- Larijani: All Iranian nationals are “equal before the law”, “have the right to choose their own lawyers” and can count on “the presumption of innocence”.
- Iran 24/07: Ghavami, a British-Iranian national, may be “equal before the law” in Iran but she still has very limited access to her lawyer and has remained in jail since she was picked up over three months ago.
- Larijani: Iran prohibits the use of torture and arbitrary arrest.
Iran 24/07: ghavami was picked up at the stadium and was reportedly “beat up a bit” before letting her go and picking her up again…this time to jail.