Nasim Sarabandi, Campaign and Student Activist Summoned to Revolutionary Courts

Tuesday 27 July 2010

Change for Equality: Nasim Sarabandi, women’s and student rights activist has been summoned to investigative branch 4 of the Revolutionary Courts. According to StudentNews website, in October 2009 Nasim Sarabandi had been arrested and transferred to one of the offices of the Ministry of Intelligence along with 17 other members of the Tehran Council of the student organization the Office to Foster Unity. In the past months, including in February 2010 and June 2010, officers of the Ministry of Intelligence had contacted this student and women’s rights activist, threatening her and demanding that she resign her position within the Office to Foster Unity and to discontinue her student activism.

Other student rights activists have faced even greater pressure. Bahareh Hedayat and Milad Asadi have been in detention for several months and the courts have issued heavy sentences in their cases, 9.5 and 7 years respectively. Despite the fact that they have been in prison, the courts have banned both from travel abroad. It should also be noted that during 2009, the members of the Central Council of the Office to Foster Unity, including Bahareh Hedayat, Mehdi Arabshahi, Abbas Hakimzadeh, Milad Asadi, Morteza Semyari, and Amin Nazari had been arrested by security forces on several occasions. Additionally, security officials have not allowed this student organization to convene meetings or to hold elections.

It is worth mentioning that as a result of pressures endured in prison, student activist Mehdi Arabshahi endured a heart attack and was released as a result. He was admitted again to hospital on the 21st of July as a result of related complications.


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