Jila Baniyaghoub, Women’s Rights Activist Released After Serving One Year Sentence

Nasrin Sotoudeh Granted Furlough

Friday 28 June 2013

Change for Equality:

Change for Equality: Jila Baniyaghoub women’s rights activist and journalist was released on June 24, 2013 after serving her one year prison term. Jila was arrested in the aftermath of contested 2009 Presidential elections. She was charged with "spreading propaganda against the system" and "insulting the president". The court banned her from practicing journalism for thirty years and sentenced her to a year in prison. Her husband Bahman Ahmadi Amouee also a journalist remains in prison, since 2009 and has one year left of his five year prison sentence.

Nasrin Sotoodeh, who is a lawyer and women’s rights activist, was released on furlough on June 24th. She is serving a six year prison term in relation to her human rights activities.

The furlough of Sotoudeh comes at a time when others have also been granted furlough and following the 2013 Presidential elections, in which Hassan Rouhani a moderate was elected. It is hoped that under his watch many of the political prisoners who remain in prison will be released, including women’s rights activists and female political prisoners.


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