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Iranian Authorities Approve Virginity Tests on 2 Political Prisoners

Posted on: 16th March, 2016
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Atena Faraghdani

HRANA News Agency – In the last report of the UN Secretary General on the situation of human rights in Iran, Islamic republic officials have confirmed the virginity test of Atena Faraghdani and stated that prison authorities performed the test in response to sexual harassment allegations in some websites.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Islamic Republic officials have stated regarding forcing Atena Faraghdani to virginity and pregnancy test, “authorities performed the test in response to sexual harassment allegations in some websites”.

This report also has pointed that Fatemeh Ekhtesari was also forced to undergo virginity and pregnancy tests during her detention.

Atena Faraghdani, painter and civil rights activist, was accused of indecent conduct and an “under adultery” illegitimate sexual relationship, for shaking hands with her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi on Saturday June 13, 2015. Her lawyer was also arrested for the same charge and sent to Rajaei Shahr prison.

Atena Faraghdani, who is in prison since January 10, 2015, was sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison by judge Salavati, on charge of collusion with anti-revolutionists, insulting parliament members by painting and insulting the supreme leader.

Atena Faraghdani had stated after spending 2 months in the revolutionary guard’s detention, that her paintings were the main subject of interrogations.

Fatemeh Ekhtesari is an Iranian poet who was arrested along with her husband, and sentenced to 11 years in prison and 99 lashes. She left the country before the execution of the sentence.

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