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The Newest List of Political Prisoners in Women’s Ward of Evin Prison

Posted on: 14th September, 2016
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Ameneh Jaberi

HRANA News Agency – In women’s ward of Evin prison, known as Nesvan ward, there are many mothers along with other women who are kept in a bad environment, phone calls are not allowed and visits are very limited. This report is trying to give an overview about the condition and status of 24 female political-security prisoners in this prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), currently, 32 female prisoners are kept in this ward with different charges, two of whom have financial charges and 30 of them are political-security prisoners. The names of 30 prisoners who have been identified by HRANA are as following:

Mahvash Shahriari Sabet (64 years old):

Charges: Establishment and development of illegal Baha’i organization, and collusion.

Sentence: 10 years in prison

Medical condition: diseases of joints and osteoporosis

Description: One of the 7 members of the Baha’i leaders known as the “Yaran-e Iran”.

Fariba Kamal Abadi (54 years old):

Charges: setting up an illegal organization and development of the Baha’i community

Sentence: 10 years in prison

Description: one of the 7 members of the Baha’i leaders known as the “Yaran-e Iran”.

Maryam Akbari Monfared (41 years old):

Charges: waging war against the state by working with an opposition group

The first sentence: 15 years in prison

Description: Hamidreza Akbari Monfared and her other brother are also in Rajai Shahr prison for similar charges.

Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabbagh (35 years old):

Charges: waging war against the state by working with an opposition group

Sentence: 15 years in prison

Medical conditions: bowel disease, colitis and foot discomfort

Description: Among the Ashura arrestees, she was arrested along with her husband, Ahmad Daneshpoor, her father in law and her mother in law. She refuses to be sent to hospital in handcuffs and therefore has been deprived of medical treatment for her neck and bone problems. Her husband is held in ward 350 of Evin and is suffering from different diseases, while his father is on death row for his political activities.

Sedigheh Moradi (57 years old):

Charges: waging war against the state by working with an opposition group

Sentence: 10 years in prison

Medical conditions: suffering from multiple diseases

Description: Experienced imprisonment in the 1980s, a parole request has been sent to the Supreme Court but has so far remained unanswered.

Narges Mohammadi (44 years old):

Charges: propaganda against the regime, acting against national security through membership in illegal groups, gathering and collusion and forming an illegal group.

Sentence: 7 years imprisonment plus a newly added 16 years

Medical conditions: suffering from pulmonary embolism, and crippling muscle disease.

Description: Civil society activist and women’s rights activist, was detained for human rights activities, participating in protests against acid attacks and a speech at the tomb of Sattar Beheshti

Zahra Zehtabchy (46 years old):

Charges: waging war against the state by working with an opposition group

Sentence: 10 years in prison

Medical conditions: spending long term in in solitary confinement caused her serious physical problems

Description: arrest record in 2009 as well.

Fatemeh Muthana (46 years old):

Charges: waging war against the state by working with an opposition group

The first verdict: 15 years in prison

Medical conditions: she suffers from mental illness and neurological diseases

Description: three years in prison at the age of 13 which she has served in the 1980s, a while ago her husband was also arrested in the prison meeting hall due to the political activities and was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison.

Fahimeh A`rafi (52 years old):

Charges: gathering and collusion, blasphemy

Sentence: 5 years

Description: Erfan-e-Halgheh teacher, was in Qarchak prison and then transferred to Evin prison

Roya Saberi Nezhad Nobakht (50 years old):

Charges: blasphemy and insulting the heads of judiciary

Sentence: 5 years in prison

Medical conditions: seizures and panic attacks

Description: cyber activists, spent more than a year and a half in Qarchak Prison. Last April she was transferred to the women’s ward of Evin prison, Iranian-British citizen

Bahareh Hedayat (35 years old):

Charges: propaganda against the state, assembly and collusion against national security, insulting the Supreme Leader and the president, roorback.

Sentence: 2 years in prison

Description: student activist, a member of the OCU and the leadership of the students’ movement in Iran, who in the first case was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months and at the end of her sentence her freedom was hindered and a 2-year suspended prison sentence was implemented, she was released recently.

Elham Farahani (53 years old):

Charges: acting against national security through membership in the Baha’i administration

Sentence: 4 years in prison

Description: her husband, Adel Naimi and her son Shamim Naimi have been convicted and are in prison on similar charges.

Nasim Bagheri (33 years old):

Charges: propaganda against the system and acting against national security through membership in an illegal institute (Virtual University of Baha’is)

Sentence: 4 years in prison

Description: professor of the Virtual University of Baha’is in Iran

Elham Barmaki (46 years old):

Charges: espionage

Sentence: 7 years in prison

Description: Iranian-Cypriots citizen

Behnaz Zakeri (54 years old):

Charges: waging war against the state by working with an opposition group

Sentence: 10 years in prison

Medical conditions: severe nerve problems

Maryam Nagahsh Zargaran (38 years old):

Charges: gathering and acting against national security through establishment of house churches

Sentence: 4 years in prison

Time in prison: 2 years

Medical conditions: heart disease, ASD and record of heart surgery

Description: was arrested in Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case and currently is in medical furlough

Azita Rafizadeh (35 years old):

Charges: propaganda against the system and acting against the national security through membership in an illegal Institute.

Sentence: 5 years in prison

Description: Baha’i citizen and the teacher of Baha’i Institute of Higher Education, her husband, Peyman Kooshk Baghi was sentenced to five years in prison on similar charges.

Paniz Azimi (21 years old):

Charges: Facebook activities

Sentence: one year in prison.

Description: Mohammad Najafi’s wife

Marjan Davari (50 years old):

Charges: Unknown

Status: Being kept in limbo

Description: Translator and researcher

Reyhaneh Tabatabai (31 years old):

Charges: propaganda against the state

Sentence: six months in prison and six months suspended sentence.

Description: journalist and political activist who was arrested because of reporting the tenth presidential elections protests in Iran.

Nazila Hamidov:

Charge: Espionage

Status: being kept in limbo

Description: A resident of Baku and citizen of Azerbaijan Republic.

Nazila Hamodof (50 years old):

Charges: espionage

Status: not decided and in limbo

Description: new converted to Christianity and from Baku.

Laila Jafari:

Charges: Collusion and cooperation with Halgheh theosophy

Status: Sentenced to 2 years in prison

Laila Jama`t:

Charges: Collusion and cooperation with Halgheh theosophy

Status: Sentenced to 2 years in prison

Ameneh Jaberi:

Charges: Collusion and cooperation with Halgheh theosophy

Status: Sentenced to 2 years in prison

Sotoudeh Fazeli:

Charges: Acts against the national security by cooperation with an opposition organization

Status: Sentenced to 3 years in prison

Maryam Afshangi:

Charges: Collusion and cooperation with Halgheh theosophy

Status: Sentenced to 2 years in prison

Negar Afsharzadeh:

Charges: Acts against national security

Status: since 1 year and 7 months ago in limbo

Description: dual citizenship

Ayda Yahyapoor:

Charges: Acts against national security

Status: under temporary arrest

Description: lawyer

Mahin Izadi (20 years old):

Charges: Acts against national security

Status: under temporary arrest

Xila Shahriari:

Charges: Acts against national security

Status: under temporary arrest

Description: Baha’i citizen, sister in law of Mahvash Shahriari, other Baha’i citizen. Recently transferred from 209 ward to women’s ward.

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