Three Campaign Members Summoned to Court

Saturday 31 May 2008

Change for Equality: Parvin Ardalan, Maryam Hosseinkhah and Mahboubeh Hosseinzadeh were summoned to court. Details of these latest summons for these women’s rights activists appear below.

Parvin Ardalan and Maryam Hosseinkhah have been summoned to court for a hearing in relation to charges pending against them for their activities and writings on the site of the Campaign, Change for Equality and the site of Zanestan, the webzine of the women’s cultural center. Both these women’s rights activists have been charged with actions against national security. Their court date is scheduled for August 2, 2008.

Parvin Ardalan was prevented from travel on March 3, 2008, while on her way to Stockholm to take part in a ceremony hosted by the Olaf Palmer Foundation, in her honor, as the recipient of this foundations human rights award. She was subsequently banned from travel and this case was the reason provided by security officials for the ban imposed on her. According to Ardalan’s lawyer, Nasrin Sotoodeh, "the ban on my client’s travel was illegal and despite the passage of 2 months since this action by the courts and security officials, and despite my repeated objections and requests, I or my client have yet to be provided with official court documents with respect to the travel ban.."

Maryam Hosseinkhah was initially called in for questioning in relation to this case on November 18, when she was arrested and subsequently spent 45 days in jail. She was released on January 2, 2008 on approximately $5500 bail. Maryam Hosseinkhah was summoned to court for another trial recently, in relation to her arrest along with 32 other women’s rights activists who were arrested on March 4, 2007 during a peaceful protest in front of the Revolutionary Courts. Also on trial on August 2, 2008 are Jelve Javaheri and Nahid Keshavarz, who are charged with similar charges in relation to their activities on the site of the Campaign and the site of Zanestan.

Meanwhile Mahboubeh Hosseinzadeh was also summoned to court for trial on May 26, 2008. The trial was in relation to her arrest on March 4, 2007 along with 32 other women’s rights activists who were all arrested during a protest in front of the Revolutionary Courts. Both Hosseinzadeh and her lawyer, Abdulfateh Soltani appeared in court on May 26 for the scheduled trial, but the trial was rescheduled due to the fact that the prosecutor was unable to appear in court. A court date in relation to this case has been scheduled for Hosseinzadeh for Tuesday July 1, 2008.


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