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Amnesty Issues Urgent Appeal in Case of Jelve Javaheri

Wednesday 5 December 2007


Amnesty International, the leading human rights organization, has issued an urgent appeal in the case of Jelve Javaheri, who was imprisoned on December 1, 2007, on charges related to her activities as a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign and specifically with respect to her writings on the site of the site of the Campaign, Change for Equality. Jelve Javaheri is a well-known women’s rights activists and one of the founding members of the One Million Signatures Campaign. She is also an MA student in Sociology. The statement by Amnesty International appears below. To take action in support of Jelve, who Amnesty International has named as a prisoner of conscience imprisoned for her peaceful activities, please visit their site.

URGENT ACTION
Iran: Prisoner of Conscience: Jelveh Javaheri (f)

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 13/140/2007
03 December 2007

UA 321/07 Prisoner of Conscience

IRAN Jelveh Javaheri (f), journalist and women’s rights defender

Jelveh Javaheri, journalist and women’s rights defender, was arrested on 1 December 2007 at a branch of the Revolutionary Court in the capital, Tehran. She had been summoned to report to the Court for questioning. According to other women’s rights defenders, she is accused of "disturbing public opinion", "propaganda against the system" and "publication of lies" in connection with articles posted on the Internet. She is believed to be held in Ward 3 of Evin Prison in Tehran.

Amnesty International believes she is a prisoner of conscience, held solely on account of her peaceful activities in support of equal rights for women in Iran, and is calling for her immediate and unconditional release.

Jelveh Javaheri is an active member of the Campaign for Equality, which aims to collect one million signatures of Iranians for a petition demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iran. As well as serving on the Campaign’s education committee, Jelveh Javaheri has written several articles for its website (http://www.we4change.info/). She has also written extensively on women’s issues for other websites.

She was among 33 women arrested on 4 March 2007 while protesting at the trial of five women’s rights activists. She was released four days later (see UA 52/07, MDE 13/021/2007, 5 March 2007, and follow-ups), and summoned to attend court on 18 December 2007 in connection with her attendance at the protest.

She was also among 25 people arrested in Khorramabad, Lorestan province, in September 2007 during an educational workshop held by the Campaign for Equality. On that occasion, she was released the same day after being questioned about the Campaign’s activities. Three other activists, Reza Dolatshah, Bahman Azadi, and Khosrow Nasimpour, were released the following day, having been beaten in custody.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Repression of activists associated with the Campaign for Equality, and of other members of Iranian civil society, has intensified in recent weeks. Two women, Ronak Safarzadeh and Hana Abdi, are detained in the city of Sanandaj, Kordestan province, and have not been permitted access to families or lawyers (see UA 297/07, MDE 13/130/2007, 7 November 2007). Another Campaign for Equality activist who also edits the website, Maryam Hosseinkhah, has been detained in Evin Prison since 18 November (see UA 312/07, MDE 13/137/2007, 19 November 2007). Dr Sohrab Razzaghi, the Director of the Iranian Civil Society Organizations Training and Research Center (ICTRC), was detained between 24
October and 23 November 2007, apparently for interrogation about the activities of his organization, including the financial assistance it receives from international donors, like the Dutch non-governmental organization Hivos.

 

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