Shahrbanou Amani Former Member of Parliament Arrested

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Change for Equality: Shahrbanou Amani, a former MP of the 5th and 6th Parliament and a reformist was arrested on February 13. According the Green Path Movement Site, during the last Presidential elections, Amani had harshly criticized the censorship imposed on media. Also according to this same site, Amani had allegedly signed letters requesting permits for demonstrations following the disputed presidential elections.

While in parliament and after wards as well, Amani was a staunch supporter of women’s rights. She had criticized the Family Support Bill, which sought to ease restrictions on the practice of polygamy by men. She was an MP representing the people of Urumieh, and prior to her arrest she worked at the State Welfare Organization. Amani was also an advocate and supporter of the One Million Signatures Campaign and its aims.


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