Update on the Situation of Imprisoned Campaign Activist

Mahboubeh Karami Charged

Monday 3 May 2010

Change for Equality: In her last telephone contact with her family, Mahboubeh Karami, informed her brother that she was arraigned and charged in the security branch of the Revolutionary courts located in Evin prison. The charges brought against Karami by the prosecutor’s office are: “membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign, membership in the Human Rights Activists Organization and participation in illegal protests.” Karami was charged despite the fact that she has been denied the right to meet with her lawyers since her arrest on March 2, 2010.
Additionally, as a result of pressures placed on Mahboubeh while in detention, she was forced to participate in a group interview with others in detention. The interview which was videotaped, and will possibly be televised in the state run television, lasted 45 minutes. Prior to her arrest and according to family members, Mahboubeh had been suffering from depression. Reports from prison indicate that Mahboubeh’s depression in detention has gotten worse. Her family also reported that they were concerned for her state of mental and emotional health, explaining that in her last telephone contact she seemed distracted and worried.

Several other Campaign activists have in the past been charged with membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign as an illegal organization, though they have all been acquitted on these charges. The courts in these cases have found that participation in an effort such as the One Million Signatures Campaign is not contradictory to the laws.

Mahboueh Karami was arrested on March 2, 2010 at her place of residence. She has spent 45 days of her detention in solitary confinement.


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