Four Members of the Campaign Sentenced to Six Months Mandatory Prison

Wednesday 3 September 2008

Change for Equality: Four members of the One Million Signatures Campaign have been sentenced to serve a six months mandatory prison term. Parvin Ardalan, Maryam Hosseinkhah, Nahid Keshavarz and Jelve Javaheri were charged with security charges in relation to their activities on the site of Change for Equality the official site of the Campaign and Zanestan the webzine of the Women’s Cultural Center. The six month mandatory sentence was issued by the 13th branch of the Revolutionary Courts and based on Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code.

Shirin Ebadi the lawyer representing these women’s rights activists announced that: "you cannot sentence anyone based on the crime of expression of their opinion." She went on the say that they will appeal the sentence.

Maryam Hosseinkhah was arrested in November 2007 and served 45 days in prison in relation to this case and Jelve Javaheri was arrested in December and served 30 days in relation this case.


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