Somayeh Rashidi Released After 68 Days in Detention

Friday 26 February 2010

Change for Equality: Somayeh Rashidi, an activist involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign was released on February 25, 2010 from Evin prison after spending 68 days in detention. Rashidi was arrested on December 20, 2009 after showing up in the revolutionary courts following a summons. A few days prior to her arrest, security officials came to the home of this women’s rights defender searching the premises and seizing her personal belongings. The lawyers representing Rashidi, Afrooz Maghzi and Zohreh Arzani had followed up her case with the Revolutionary Courts, but were not provided access to information in the case pending against their clients. It should be noted that Rashidi had been barred from continuing her education at the Masters level in the field of Women’s Studies, as a result of her activism on behalf of women.

Somayeh’s release was greeted with joy and excitement from her colleagues in the One Million Signatures, who showed up in large numbers in front of Evin Prison to greet her. See pictures of Somayeh’s release by visiting the photo blog of the Campaign.


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