Human Rights First Issues Statement Protesting Arrest of Solmaz Igdar

Protest Iranian Government’s Repression of Feminist Writers

Tuesday 9 September 2008

Human Rights First:

On August 29, in yet another example of the Iranian government’s continuing campaign of repression against women rights activists, security forces arrested Solmaz Igdar. The activist and journalist is currently detained in Evin Prison.

Igdar, a regular contributor to the Association for Iranian Women website, was attending a commemoration ceremony at Khavaran. The cemetery, situated southeast of Tehran, is said to be a mass grave containing the bodies of thousands of political prisoners executed by the Iranian authorities in 1988. Security and police forces disrupted the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the executions, arresting at least 17 participants. Though most of those arrested have been released, Solmaz Igdar is among those who remain imprisoned.

Four days later, four other activists who have written for websites dedicated to women’s rights issues were convicted of acting against national security and sentenced to six-month prison terms.

Please call on the Iranian authorities to release Igdar and other detainees, and to halt their prosecution and repression of other women’s rights activists.

To take action or view the original statement, visit the site of Human Rights First.


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