Imprisoned Members of the One Million Signatures Campaign Released

Wednesday 18 April 2007

After posting bail, Mahboubeh Hossein Zadeh and Nahid Keshavarz were released, Sunday evening, April 15, 2007. These members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, which aims to change discriminatory laws against women, were arrested on April 2nd, along with three others, while collecting signatures in support of the Campaign. While the other three members of the Campaign, Saeideh Amin, Sarah Imanian and Homayoun Nami, were released after spending a day in detention, Nahid and Mahboubeh were transferred to Evin Prison, and remained there until their release on Sunday.

Members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, would like to thank all of you who supported us and our colleagues during this very difficult time. We relied heavily on your willingness and assistance in sharing information, posting news items on your websites and in your publications and issuing statements of protest and we are most grateful for your support and generosity. International support of this kind, especially from women’s and human rights organizations continues to have a positive impact in ensuring the release of imprisoned Iranian women’s rights activists.

The pressure on women’s rights activists in Iran continues, in the form of continued summons to court, interrogation and threats, and we know that we will have to count on your solidarity and support in the days and months to come. We will continue on our path and we hope that you will continue to support us.


  • Though I am very far away in Springfield, Oregon, USA, and I work at the University of Oregon, I wish to let you know I am in solidarity with you in your struggle to achieve equal rights for women in Iran. I admire your courage, especially in light of the risk of imprisonment you face. May God keep you safe and strong.

    Star Holmberg


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