Bahareh Hedayat and Mahdieh Golroo Denied Visits in Prison

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Change for Equality: Mahdieh Golroo, student activist and Bahareh Hedayat student and women’s rights and Campaign activist have been denied permission to have visits in prison. Their families have been denied visits with them for over seven weeks now.

According to reports from the House of Human Rights of Iran these two women are currently being held in prison under high security conditions and have been denied visits or telephone contact with their families.

These activists, along with other female political and social activists at Evin prison were transferred to the methadone section of Evin prison on 7th of November 2009. This section is reserved for dangerous prisoners, including prisoners with drug addiction. It is a room approximately 30-35 meters in size and prisoners are not allowed access to fresh air more than one hour a day. Also, prisoners in this section are not allowed to access to books or the library and telephone calls. Additionally, those imprisoned in this section are allowed visits with their families through cabins and separated by glass walls.

According to this report, Bahareh Hedayat and Mahdieh Golroo, along with imprisoned student activist Majid Tavakoli were transferred to court on February 4, where they were tried on new charges. The charges were in relation to statements issued by these student rights activists on the occasion of the of students.

Bahareh was arrested on December 27, 2009. Bahareh’s arrest occurred in relation to her student activities and her defense of human rights, especially in speaking out against the brutal treatment of dormitory students after police and security officials stormed university grounds in the midst of the turmoil following the disputed presidential elections. Hedayat was sentenced to 7and half years in relation to her student rights activities and is serving an additional 2 year sentence in relation to her women’s rights activities. Besides being a leading student and human rights activist, Hedayat is a leading women’s rights and Campaign activist.

Madieh Golroo, a member of the Council for the Defense of the Right to Education, was arrested on December 3, 2009, and is now serving a 2 year and 4 month prison sentence. In the past, Hedayat and Golroo have twice gone on hunger strikes to protest their harsh treatment in prison and to push for the right to be visited by their families.


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