WLP Issues Alert in Case of Parastoo Alahyaari and Sussan Tahmasebi

Thursday 30 October 2008

Women’s Learning Partnerships has issued an Action Alert in case of Parastoo Alahyaari and Sussan Tahmasebi. The Alert appears below. Take action on the site of WLP.

Urgent Alert: Campaign Members Sussan Tahmasebi and Parastoo Alahyaari’s Homes Searched, Properties Seized; Tahmasebi Banned from Travel

October 27, 2008

Yesterday security officials at Imam Khomeini Airport confiscated the passport of Sussan Tahmasebi, women’s rights defender and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, preventing her from travel. Later in the day her house was searched and property seized including books, CDs and a laptop. Last week the home of another Campaign member, Parastoo Alahyaari, was searched and personal property as well as campaign materials were seized. Tahmasebi and Alahyaari are required to present themselves before the Security Branch of the Revolutionary Courts.

Women’s rights activists are routinely intimidated, questioned, and arrested for their attempts to raise awareness about the legal discrimination against women under Iranian law and for their involvement with the One Million Signatures Campaign. Several activists are still in prison. Many others are harassed through frequent visits by security forces to their homes and through ongoing investigation of cases registered against them for holding peaceful gatherings or discussions in connection with the Campaign. Read more about the details surrounding Tahmasebi and Alahyaari’s cases at, and about the resistance of Iranian women’s rights campaign activists since March 2007 on WLP’s website at:


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