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Amnesty International Called for Immediate Release of Narges Mohammadi

Posted on: 10th April, 2016
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Amnesty International

HRANA News Agency – Amnesty International announced in a statement, April 20th as the date for the trial of Narges Mohammadi, calling for immediate release and action for the case of the defender of human rights.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Amnesty International, in a statement said that the human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi had been informed that her trial would be on April 20. It was more than 8 months that she had had no contact with her children and was severely ill.

The statement in two separate parts first investigated the legal status and the charges against her, and then presented a report on the medical condition of Ms. Mohammadi.

At the end of the statement Amnesty International called on the Iranian authorities to immediately release Narges Mohammadi without any precondition and in addition provide suitable facilities for her treatment and allow her to meet with her lawyer and children.

Earlier it was reported that Narges Mohammadi, Deputy Director of Human Rights Defenders Center had been arrested at her home and taken to Evin Prison on May 6, 2015 without receiving summons by the security – Judicial forces.

Ms. Mohammadi is suffering from pulmonary embolism and crippling muscle disease and officials in security agencies and the judiciary are aware of her illnesses, so that in 2012, when Ms. Mohammadi was in prison, authorities, according to the specialists and the forensic doctors, had agreed to release her for treatment.

The human rights activist was arrested and summoned several times previously. She was under detention from June 9 to July 1, 2010, and as a result of nervous shock, was seriously ill. In September of the same year she was sentenced to 11 years in prison by Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court for “assembly and collusion against the national security, membership in the Human Rights Defenders Centre and propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran” which was reduced to six years in March 2011. Once again on April 21, 2012 she was detained in Zanjan prison and then transferred to the Evin prison and sent to Zanjan prison on May 16. Narges Mohammadi, who was gravely ill was transferred to the Zanjan hospital on July 9.

Narges Mohammadi was released temporarily on a bail of 600 million IRR for medical leave on July 31, 2012, but still was victim of harassments of judicial and security authorities by summoning and threatening her . On May 31, 2014 she was summoned by the Prosecutor’s Office based in Evin prison and was interrogated. Investigator prosecutors told her that she was banned of leaving Iran. She had been summoned to Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court later on the charges of “acting against the national security” and “propaganda against the system” for her activities and participate in campaigns such as the ” campaign to abolish the death penalty” and the fight against the impunity. She was a supporter of litigation of mother of executed blogger Sattar Beheshti, who was murdered under the custody of FATA Police on Oct 13, 2011.

Narges Mohammadi’s arrest led to widespread reactions. Some activists hours after her arrest staged a protest in front of Evin Prison including Gohar Eshghi, Sattar Beheshti’s mother, Mohammad Nourizad journalist and former political prisoner, Dr Mohammad Maleki, Iran’s leading academic figure.

Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, has asked Ahmed Shaheed the Special Rapporteur of United Nations Human Rights Council for the human rights situation in Iran for whatever he can apply to do for the freedom of Narges Mohammadi.

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