Statement from AWID

Detention and travel ban of Iranian women’s rights activist Sussan Tahmasebi

Friday 14 November 2008


Statement from AWID

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is gravely concerned by credible reports that women’s rights activist Sussan Tahmasebi, a member of the Million Signatures Campaign, has been barred from travel, detained and interrogated for over 5 hours by officials from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

AWID is further seriously concerned that while she was detained, she did not have access to her lawyer and that the lawyer was not allowed to be present during the interrogation. Ms Tahmasebi was due to attend the AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development from 14-17 November 2008.

As set out in the UN Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Institutions to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, human rights defenders have a right to carry out their legitimate activities without any restrictions or fear of reprisals.

AWID therefore calls upon the Iranian authorities to immediately lift the travel ban on Ms Tahmasebi and allow all those championing human rights to do so freely.


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