International Women’s Day; Comprehensive List of Female Political Prisoners in Iran

HRANA News Agency – International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8th, is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements in various social, economic, cultural, and political arenas and to emphasize the importance of fighting for women’s rights and their irreplaceable role in society. In Iran, this day takes on added significance as Iranian women, despite facing numerous challenges, play a leading role in civil and social movements in the country and are at the forefront of the struggle for their rights. Women in Iran face gender discrimination, legal and social restrictions, and inequalities in career advancement and education, and yet, against all odds, they continue to fight.

In an effort to increase public awareness about the status of women, namely those women who are imprisoned in Iran owing of to their ideological, political, or religious beliefs, HRANA releases this report on the occasion of International Women’s Day. These women, active in defending human rights and equality, play a crucial role in the fight for justice. This day is a time to focus attention and strengthen global support for the struggles and challenges they face.

They stand not only for their own rights, but for the rights of all women, against oppression and discrimination in all forms.

The situation for women has been fraught with struggle.

From the pre-revolution era to the present, Iranian women have faced obstacles in social, economic, and legal sectors. While progress has been made in accessing education, and the workplace, for some, gender discrimination and legal restrictions related to marriage, divorce, custody, and inheritance to name a mere few hold women in unequal positions within society. These inequalities are enshrined into the law.

Well-known restrictions faced by women related to mandatory hijab can lead to fines, arrest, and severe punishments. Furthermore, these restrictions can limit a women’s access to jobs and social activities. For an in-depth look at individuals and institutions involved in serious human rights violations related to women’s rights in Iran reference the Spreading Justice report: The State of Women’s Rights in Iran: Institutional and Individual Violations

A growing trend of civil activity and protest led by women 

In recent years, there has been an increase in civil activities and protests led by Iranian women. These movements, which are largely against mandatory hijab, see women demanding equality in law, and defend women’s rights in the workplace and in society. The movements reflect Iranian women’s efforts to take control, to fight back , and to achieve equal rights and combat gender discrimination for themselves, and for future generations of Iranian women.

These efforts have become particularly visible in light of the nationwide protests that began in September 2022 following the death of Mahsa Zhina Amini. Women played a key and leading role in these protests, becoming symbols of resistance against gender discrimination, human rights violations, and restrictions on freedom of expression. Their role in these movements is seen not only in Iran but also internationally as a turning point in the struggle for rights and freedoms. For an in-depth analysis of the advocacy efforts by Iranian women and the international response reference HRA’s statement: Unveiling Injustice: Advocating for Women’s Rights and Accountability in Iran

On the eve of International Women’s Day, the publication of a list of names and stories of women who are imprisoned in Iran for fighting for their rights and defending human values is not only a tribute to their courage and resilience but also an effort to increase global awareness about the ongoing struggle for women’s rights in Iran. These stories are a testament to the indomitable spirit of women who, despite all hardships and deprivations, continue to raise their voices in protest and demand.

Sharing this list goes beyond mere information dissemination; it is an invitation to join in international solidarity. This solidarity provides the necessary support and backing for these women and their families and demonstrates the power of global unity in combatting human rights violations. This support, formed through awareness campaigns, legal activities, and international pressure, can ultimately contribute to ensuring these women achieve what they are fighting so hard for against all odds.

This list is not just a collection of names but a compilation of stories of struggle, hope, and perseverance. The women on this list come from diverse backgrounds, yet all share common elements in their fight for justice and equality. The diversity of backgrounds illustrates the breadth and depth of women’s struggles across Iran and indicates that the demand for justice and equality transcends social, cultural, and economic boundaries.

Women imprisoned in Iranian jails on ideological, political, or religious charges.

This list shows the details of female political prisoners in Iran, describing their names, charges, sentences, the dates their cases were filed, and the locations of their prisons.

The charges range from “propaganda against the regime” and “assembly and collusion” to more severe allegations such as “corruption on earth” and “espionage.”

The sentences vary significantly, including life imprisonment, several years in prison, and uncertain conditions for those still awaiting verdicts.

Many of these women are held in notorious prisons like Evin, with some cases dating back years, highlighting the long-term nature of these types of punishments.

1. Full Name: Zeinab Jalalian
Charges: Waging war against the regime through membership in opposition groups
Sentenced: Life imprisonment
Case date: 2007 (1386)
Place of imprisonment: Yazd Prison
2. Full Name: Maryam Akbari Monfared
Charges: Waging war through membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran
Sentenced: 15 years imprisonment
Case date: December 31, 2009 (10 Dey 1388)
Place of imprisonment: Semnan Prison
3. Full Name: Mahvash Adalati Aliabadi
Charges: Propaganda activities against the regime – Assembly and collusion
Sentenced: 1 year imprisonment
Case date: November 26, 2018 (5 Azar 1397)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
4. Full Name: Shiva Ismaeili
Charges: Assembly and collusion
Sentenced: 10 years imprisonment
Case date: May, 2023 (Khordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
5. Full Name: Fereshteh (Tahereh) Nouri
Charges: Assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security – Disturbing public order
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment
Case date: September 25, 2022 (3 Mehr 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
6. Full Name: Parvin Mirassan
Charges: Corruption on Earth through widespread action against national security – Assembly and collusion to commit a crime
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: November 3, 2022 (12 Aban 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
7. Full Name: Soodabeh Fakharzadeh
Charges: Assembly and collusion
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: May, 2023 (Khordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
8. Full Name: Arghavan Falahi
Charges: Propaganda against the regime – Assembly and collusion to commit a crime against security – Membership in opposition groups
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: November 4, 2022 (13 Aban 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
9. Full Name: Masoumeh (Akram) Akbari
Charges: Assembly and collusion with the intent to act against national security – Propaganda activities against the regime
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
10. Full Name: Shadi Shahidzadeh
Charges: Membership in illegal groups and organizations with the aim of disrupting national security
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: May 1, 2023 (11 Ordibehesht 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
11. Full Name: Narges Mansouri
Charges: In two separate cases with identical charges of assembly and collusion against national security – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 6 + 3 years imprisonment, a total of 9 years
Case date: Autumn 2019 (Fall 1398)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
12. Full Name: Saeideh (Samira) Sabouri
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
13. Full Name: Yasamin Saboohi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
14. Full Name: Bahareh Hedayat
Charges: In two separate cases; assembly and collusion – Propaganda against the regime – Promoting corruption and prostitution
Sentenced: 4 years and 8 months imprisonment + Indeterminate from another case
Case date: February 10, 2020 (21 Bahman 1398)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
15. Full Name: Vida Rabani
Charges: In two separate cases; assembly and collusion with the intent to commit a crime against national security – Propaganda against the regime – Insulting the sacred – Disturbing public order
Sentenced: 5 years + 6 years and 15 months imprisonment
Case date: November 23, 2020 (2 Azar 1399)
Place of imprisonment: Not specified
16. Full Name: Reyhaneh Ansari Nejad
Charges: Assembly and collusion against the system and propaganda against the system
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: May 12, 2023 (22 Ordibehesht 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
17. Full Name: Maryam Haji Hosseini
Charges: Corruption on Earth and spying for Israel
Sentenced: 10 years imprisonment and the return of received funds
Case date: Late Shahrivar 1398 (September 2019)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
18. Full Name: Nahid Taghavi
Charges: Participation in running an illegal group – Propaganda activities against the regime
Sentenced: 10 years and 8 months imprisonment
Case date: October 17, 2020 (25 Mehr 1399)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
19. Full Name: Narges Mohammadi
Charges: In four separate cases with charges including propaganda activities against the regime through issuing statements, disrupting prison order through sit-ins, defying prison leadership and authorities, damaging glasses, slander, and assault
Sentenced: 30 months imprisonment, 80 lashes, and payment of two fines + 15 months imprisonment and supplementary punishments + 1 year imprisonment + 15 months imprisonment; totaling 12 years and 6 months imprisonment, 80 lashes, payment of two fines, and supplementary punishments
Case date: November 16, 2021 (25 Aban 1400)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
20. Full Name: Anisha Asadollahi
Charges: Assembly and collusion – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 5 years and 8 months imprisonment
Case date: May 9, 2022 (19 Ordibehesht 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
21. Full Name: Sepideh Kashan-Doust (Kashani)
Charges: Cooperation with the United States government
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment
Case date: February 2018 (Bahman 1396)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
22. Full Name: Marzieh Farsi
Charges: Membership in opposition groups
Sentenced: 15 years imprisonment
Case date: August 21, 2023 (30 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
23. Full Name: Zahra Safaei
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: September 12, 2023 (21 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
24. Full Name: Farahnaz Nikkhoo
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: December 3, 2022 (12 Azar 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
25. Full Name: Marzieh Jani Pour
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: January 19, 2023 (29 Dey 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
26. Full Name: Golrokh Iraee
Charges: Assembly and collusion – Propaganda against the regime – Disturbing public order
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: September 26, 2022 (4 Mehr 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
27. Full Name: Shakila Monfared
Charges: In three separate cases with charges including propaganda activities against the regime and insulting Islamic sanctities, membership in opposition groups, and spreading lies
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment + 2 years and 8 months imprisonment and a fine of 10 million tomans + 15 months of corrective imprisonment, 2 years of exile, and supplementary punishments; totaling 9 years and 11 months imprisonment, 2 years of exile, a fine, and supplementary punishments
Case date: August 31, 2020 (10 Shahrivar 1399)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
28. Full Name: Razavaneh Ahmad Khan Beigi
Charges: Propaganda against the regime – Assembly and collusion against internal security
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: September 18, 2023 (27 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
29. Full Name: Nasrin Khezri Javadi (Azam)
Charges: Assembly and collusion to act against national security
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: May 1, 2019 (11 Ordibehesht 1398)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
30. Full Name: Niloufar Bayani
Charges: Cooperation with America
Sentenced: 10 years imprisonment
Case date: February 2018 (Bahman 1396)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
31. Full Name: Faezeh Hashemi
Charges: Assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda activities against the regime, and disturbing public peace and comfort
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment and a ban on leaving the country
Case date: September 27, 2022 (5 Mehr 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
32. Full Name: Fariba Kamalabadi
Charges: Espionage, promoting the Bahá’í faith, and promoting indecency in the country
Sentenced: 10 years imprisonment
Case date: July 31, 2022 (9 Mordad 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
33. Full Name: Mahvash Shahriari
Charges: Espionage, promoting the Bahá’í faith, and promoting indecency in the country
Sentenced: 10 years imprisonment
Case date: July 31, 2022 (9 Mordad 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
34. Full Name: Mahboubeh Rezaei
Charges: Membership in opposition groups with the aim of disrupting national security – Assembly and collusion with the intent to commit a crime against national security – Propaganda activities against the regime – Insulting Islamic sanctities – Unveiling and demonstrating corruption in cyberspace
Sentenced: 19 years and 9 months imprisonment, payment of 8 million tomans fine, and supplementary punishments
Case date: May 22, 2023 (1 Khordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
35. Full Name: Shirin Saeidi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
36. Full Name: Hajar Saeidi
Charges: Membership in one of the opposition parties
Sentenced: 1 year imprisonment
Case date: June 8, 2020 (18 Khordad 1399)
Place of imprisonment: Sanandaj Correctional and Rehabilitation Center
37. Full Name: Sarina Jahani
Charges: Assembly and collusion
Sentenced: 2 years imprisonment
Case date: September 16, 2023 (25 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
38. Full Name: Mina Khajavi
Charges: Forming an illegal group with the aim of disrupting national security – Acting against national security through proselytizing Christianity and establishing a home church
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment
Case date: July 2020 (Tir 1399)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
39. Full Name: Zohreh Sarv
Charges: Assembly and collusion – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 7 years imprisonment
Case date: October 2021 (Mehr 1400)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
40. Full Name: Samaneh Norooz Moradi
Charges: Membership in opposition groups with the goal of disrupting national security – Assembly and collusion with the intent to commit a crime against national security – Propaganda activities against the regime
Sentenced: 11 years imprisonment
Case date: April 24, 2023 (4 Ordibehesht 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
41. Full Name: Soha Mortazai
Charges: Assembly and collusion with the intent to act against national security
Sentenced: 6 years
Case date: November 2019 (Aban 1398)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
42. Full Name: Nasim Sultan Beigi
Charges: Assembly and collusion with the intent to commit a crime – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 4 years, 1 month, and 16 days imprisonment and supplementary punishments
Case date: January 22, 2023 (2 Bahman 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
43. Full Name: Mahnaz Tarah
Charges: Assembly and collusion to commit a crime – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 4 years and 4 months imprisonment
Case date: November 13, 2023 (22 Aban 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
44. Full Name: Sarvnaz Ahmadi
Charges: Assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 3 years and 6 months imprisonment
Case date: April 28, 2023 (8 Ordibehesht 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
45. Full Name: Nasim Gholami Simiari
Charges: Rebellion
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: April 2023 (Ordibehesht 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
46. Full Name: Kubra Bigi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
47. Full Name: Rahleh Rahmi Pour
Charges: Assembly and collusion – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment
Case date: November 12, 2019 (21 Aban 1398)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
48. Full Name: Sepideh Gholian
Charges: In two separate cases with charges of insulting the leadership, unveiling and facilitating corruption and prostitution, and insistence on committing the aforementioned crimes in court sessions
Sentenced: 2 years imprisonment and supplementary punishment + 1 year and 3 months corrective imprisonment; totaling 3 years and 3 months imprisonment and supplementary punishments
Case date: March 14, 2023 (24 Esfand 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
49. Full Name: Sahar (Fateme) Mokhtari
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
50. Full Name: Azar Korvandi Mousa Zadeh
Charges: Assembly and collusion with the intent to act against national security through cooperation with an opposition group
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: Summer 2019 (Tabestan 1398)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
51. Full Name: Zeinab Hamrang Seyed Beglo
Charges: Assembly and collusion
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: March 11, 2024 (21 Esfand 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
52. Full Name: Pakhshan Azizi
Charges: Membership in opposition associations
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: August 4, 2023 (13 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
53. Full Name: Varisheh Moradi
Charges: Rebellion
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: August 1, 2023 (10 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
54. Full Name: Elaheh Fouladi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: December 12, 2023 (21 Azar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
55. Full Name: Nasrin Roshan
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
56. Full Name: Maryam Vahidfard
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
57. Full Name: Moloud Hossein Doost
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
58. Full Name: Samira Nejatian
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
59. Full Name: Laleh Sa’ati
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
60. Full Name: Neda Fotouhi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
61. Full Name: Lian Darvish
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
62. Full Name: Nahid Khodajoo
Charges: Assembly and collusion to act against national security and disturbing public order and peace
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment and 74 lashes
Case date: May 1, 2019 (11 Ordibehesht 1398)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
63. Full Name: Forough Taghipour
Charges: Membership in an opposition group
Sentenced: 15 years imprisonment
Case date: August 21, 2022 (30 Mordad 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
64. Full Name: Sepideh Keshavarz
Charges: Propaganda activities against the regime – Assembly and collusion
Sentenced: 1 year imprisonment
Case date: November 20, 2018 (29 Aban 1397)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
65. Full Name: Armita Pamir
Charges: Insulting the leadership – Propaganda activities against the regime
Sentenced: 1 year, 10 months, and 17 days imprisonment
Case date: June 28, 2023 (7 Tir 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Tabriz Prison
66. Full Name: Noushin Mesbah
Charges: Membership in an opposition group with the aim of disrupting order and security of the country
Sentenced: 1 year imprisonment
Case date: Early September 2023 (Early Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
67. Full Name: Nasrin Sadat Shahraeeni
Charges: Cyber spreading of lies, inciting people to massacre and conflict, propaganda against the regime, and disturbing public minds
Sentenced: 1 year and 3 months imprisonment
Case date: September 9, 2023 (18 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
68. Full Name: Roya Malakouti
Charges: Forming groups and societies with the aim of disrupting national security – Propaganda activities against the regime
Sentenced: 6 years and 8 months imprisonment
Case date: July 29, 2023 (7 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
69. Full Name: Azita Foroughi Motlagh
Charges: Membership in an opposition society with the intent of disrupting national security – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 3 years and 8 months imprisonment
Case date: July 29, 2023 (7 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
70. Full Name: Negin Hosseinzadeh
Charges: Propaganda activities against the regime – Filming forbidden places – Assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt public order – Insulting the leadership – Membership in opposition groups
Sentenced: 3 years, 6 months, and 1 day imprisonment
Case date: August 22, 2023 (31 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
71. Full Name: Raha Pour Ebrahim
Charges: Forming an opposition group – Propaganda against the regime- Virtual activities aimed at disrupting public order
Sentenced: 3 years imprisonment
Case date: September 7, 2023 (16 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
72. Full Name: Sakineh Parvaneh
Charges: Assembly and collusion against national security – Propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime – Insulting the leadership
Sentenced: 7 years and 6 months imprisonment
Case date: March 2023 (Farvardin 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
73. Full Name: Fatemeh Sepehri
Charges: In two separate cases with charges of collaboration with hostile governments – Assembly and collusion – Insulting the leadership – Propaganda against the regime, spreading lies and disturbing public minds through online activities and interviews with foreign media
Sentenced: 18 years + 1 year corrective imprisonment and a fine of 20 million tomans; totaling 19 years imprisonment and a fine
Case date: August 1, 2021 (10 Mordad 1400)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
74. Full Name: Sanaz Tafazzoli
Charges: Forming a group with the intent of disrupting internal security – Assembly and collusion with the intent of committing a crime against national security – Deviant educational or promotional activity contrary to or undermining the sacred Sharia within the framework of a sect, group, society, or the like
Sentenced: 10 years and 9 months imprisonment
Case date: November 22, 2022 (1 Azar 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
75. Full Name: Sara Nasiri
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Not specified
Case date: December 6, 2022 (15 Azar 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad
76. Full Name: Ziba Ghelich Khani
Charges: Propaganda against the regime in cyberspace
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 18, 2022 (27 Shahrivar 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Sanandaj Correctional and Rehabilitation Center
77. Full Name: Zhila Hojabri
Charges: Membership in opposition groups – Propaganda activities against the regime – Defiance of a government official
Sentenced: 3 years and 8 months imprisonment
Case date: August 2022 (Mordad 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Sanandaj Correctional and Rehabilitation Center
78. Full Name: Farideh Moradkhani
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: 3 years imprisonment
Case date: January 13, 2022 (23 Dey 1400)
Place of imprisonment: Tehran Correctional and Rehabilitation Center
79. Full Name: Farzaneh Gharahasanloo
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: November 4, 2023 (13 Aban 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Mashhad Prison
80. Full Name: Nasrin Hasani
Charges: In two cases with charges of spreading lies – Non-compliance with the Sharia veil in public places and public view, propaganda activities against the regime
Sentenced: 1 year imprisonment + 7 months imprisonment and a fine of one million tomans; totaling 1 year and 7 months imprisonment and a fine
Case date: September 3, 2023 (12 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Bojnurd Prison
81. Full Name: Nahid Shirpisheh
Charges: Assembly and collusion – Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment
Case date: July 11, 2023 (20 Tir 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Zanjan Prison
82. Full Name: Masoumeh Yavari
Charges: Destruction of public property – Membership in an opposition group – Propaganda against the system
Sentenced: 13 years imprisonment
Case date: September 4, 2023 (13 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Dolatabad Prison, Isfahan
83. Full Name: Mahsa Saeidi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 11, 2023 (20 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Sepah Intelligence Detention Center, Yazd
84. Full Name: Sanaz Jahan Tigh
Charges: Propaganda against the regime and inciting people to disrupt national security
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 21, 2022 (30 Shahrivar 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Sari Prison
85.Full Name: Shiva Khalili
Charges:
Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced:
1 year of imprisonment – Seizure of mobile phone
Case date:
16 November 2021 (25 Aban 1401)
Place of imprisonment:
Babol Prison
86. Full Name: Sharifeh Mohammadi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: November 25, 2023 (4 Azar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Lakan Prison, Rasht
87. Full Name: Roya Sabet
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: February 14, 2024 (25 Bahman 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Detention Center Plate 100, Shiraz
88. Full Name: Niloufar Sadat Hashemian
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: February 14, 2024 (25 Bahman 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Sepah Intelligence Detention Center, Semnan
90. Full Name: Niloufar Ghazaleh
Charges: In two separate cases, charged with publishing photos without a hijab
Sentenced: 5 years imprisonment from the first case and indeterminate from the second case
Case date: November 28, 2023 (7 Azar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Isfahan
91. Full Name: Zhinous Shadabi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: November 7, 2023 (16 Aban 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Hamedan
92. Full Name: Narges Soleimani
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: Early October 2023 (Early Mehr 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Sanandaj
93. Full Name: Fereshteh Fadaee Far
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: Early October 2023 (Early Mehr 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Sanandaj
94. Full Name: Sahar Salehian
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 23, 2023 (1 Mehr 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Sanandaj
95. Full Name: Farideh Ghahremani Far
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 18, 2023 (27 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Kermanshah
96. Full Name: Parisa Mohammadi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 16, 2023 (25 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Kermanshah
97. Full Name: Farzaneh Moeini
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 16, 2023 (25 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Yasuj
98. Full Name: Maryam Jalal Hosseini
Charges: Incitement of people to war and slaughter with each other with the aim of disrupting national security – Propaganda against the regime – Insulting the leadership – Forming a group with the aim of disrupting national security
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment and 2 years exile to Ilam
Case date: August 27, 2023 (5 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Kachooii Prison, Karaj
99. Full Name: Parastoo Afshari Nejad
Charges: Unveiling, propaganda against the system, and inviting people to war and slaughter each other
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 16, 2023 (25 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Dolatabad Prison, Isfahan
100. Full Name: Batool Omidy
Charges: Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 11, 2023 (20 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Ilam Prison
101. Full Name: Fakhri Omidy
Charges: Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 11, 2023 (20 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Ilam Prison
102. Full Name: Glavizh Tahmasbi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: September 16, 2023 (25 Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Sanandaj
103. Full Name: Tina Deljoo
Charges: Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 1 year imprisonment
Case date: Not specified
Place of imprisonment: Lakan Prison, Rasht
104. Full Name: Yekta Fahandezh Saadi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: December 18, 2023 (27 Azar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Adelabad Prison, Shiraz
105. Full Name: Safoura Maleki
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: August 13, 2023 (22 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Department Detention Center, Ilam
106. Full Name: Maryam Ebrahimi
Charges: Unveiling – Propaganda against the regime – Disobedience to police orders
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: April 2023 (Ordibehesht 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Dolatabad Prison, Isfahan
107. Full Name: Fermisk Babai
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: August 17, 2023 (26 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Kermanshah
108. Full Name: Fatemeh (Mozhgan) Tadrisi
Charges: Incitement and provocation of the people to war and slaughter each other with the aim of disrupting national security – Propaganda against the regime- Insulting the leadership – Forming a group with the aim of disrupting national security
Sentenced: 6 years imprisonment and 2 years exile to Zanjan
Case date: Early September 2023 (Early Shahrivar 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Kachooii Prison, Karaj
109. Full Name: Sahar Ahmadi
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: July 31, 2023 (10 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Department Detention Center, Sanandaj
110. Full Name: Jhina Pendar
Charges: Not specified
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: July 23, 2023 (1 Mordad 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Sanandaj
111. Full Name: Lalikhan Niknia
Charges: Association with one of the opposition parties
Sentenced: Indeterminate
Case date: June 25, 2023 (4 Tir 1402)
Place of imprisonment: Intelligence Detention Center, Urmia
112. Full Name: Maryam Sadat Yahyavi
Charges: Propaganda against the regime
Sentenced: 1 year of imprisonment
Case date: November 2014 (Aban 1393)
Place of imprisonment: Evin Prison
113. Full Name: Mina Karami
Charges: Deviant educational and promotional activity contrary to or corrupting the sacred Sharia
Sentenced: 5 years of punitive imprisonment, 5 million tomans of fine, deprivation of social rights for 10 years, and prohibition of leaving the country for 2 years
Case date: Spring 2022 (Spring 1401)
Place of imprisonment: Adel Abad Prison, Shiraz
 

Call to Action on the Occassion of International Women’s Day 

HRA calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all women who are imprisoned solely on the basis of their beliefs, religions, political or social activities.

We urge Iranian authorities to respect their international obligations and to observe the fundamental rights of Iranian women, including, the right to due process and fair trial, the freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion. Ensuring these fundamental rights is not only a step towards maintaining respect for human dignity but also lays the groundwork for progress within the country and the sustainable development of society.

In this context, the importance of international pressure and support for organizations fighting for women’s rights in Iran is more crucial than ever. The international community united with all human rights organizations must unanimously declare their support for imprisoned women and their struggles to obtain rights. There are a number of ways the international community can support imprisoned Iranian women, be it through diplomatic pressures, awareness campaigns, or direct assistance to Iranian human rights organizations working daily to advocate for women’s rights.

Every small action can be part of a larger wave that creates fundamental changes in society,  towards achieving a world where justice and equality are guaranteed for all, regardless of gender.

 

 

 


For more information please contact Skylar Thompson, Director of Global Advocacy and Accountability at Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) skylar[at]hramail.com


 

Fariba Asadi Detained in Kachooie Prison for Over 20 Days

Fariba Asadi, a former political prisoner, remains in custody, enduring over 20 days of legal uncertainty within the confines of Kachooie Prison, Karaj.

A reliable source close to her family has conveyed to HRANA that Asadi faces charges related to violating hijab rules and spreading propaganda against the regime.

Notably, Asadi had previously been arrested by security forces in February 2021, alongside Mehran Delfan Azari, Meysam Gholami, and Masoud Vazifeh. They were detained on allegations of “propaganda against the regime” and “membership in an anti-regime group.”

On October 2, 2021, Branch 2 of Shiraz’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Asadi to a one-year term for the charge of “propaganda against the regime.” Subsequently, she was taken into custody at her residence in Tehran in January 2022, in order to commence her sentence at Qarchak Prison in Varamin. However, she was ultimately released following a pardon under the “pardon and commutation” directive.

Six Women Released from Evin Prison

Fariba Asadi, Shohreh Hosseini, Gelareh Abbasi, Zahra Safaie, Parastoo Moeini and Alieh Motalebzadeh were released from Evin Prison.

Details on their releases are still unknown. It is likely, however, that they have been released under the recent pardon decree.
Gelareh Abbasi was previously sentenced to two years and six months in prison by the Tehran Revolutionary Court.

Hosseini was serving her two-year and seven-month sentence since February last year.

Safaie and her daughter Moeini were previously sentenced to five years in prison for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime.” Additionally, Safaie received two years for “insulting the former and current Supreme Leader of Iran.” Safaie’s verdict was upheld on appeal, but her daughter’s sentence was reduced to three years and nine months following her refusal not to lodge an appeal. They faced new legal cases, while they were imprisoned.

Asadi faced two legal cases for which she received three months in prison and four years of suspended imprisonment.
Motalebzadeh had been sentenced to three years in prison, of which two years were enforceable. On October 11, 2020, she was jailed in Evin Prison for sentencing. In July 2022, she and 13 other female prisoners faced new charges.

Earlier, the head of the Judiciary proposed the issuance of a pardon decree for some prisoners, including those arrested at recent protests, which was approved by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei under some conditions which the legal case should meet.

An Overview on Eleven Prisoner Hunger Strikes in Various Prisons

In recent weeks, at least 11 detained or imprisoned citizens went on hunger strike in various prisons in protest against a failure to address their concerns.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, at least eleven prisoners in various prisons across the country are on hunger strike.

This report outlines their latest conditions:

Zartosht Ahmadi Ragheb: On February 21, this civil activist was arrested at his house and transferred to Evin Prison. He has been on hunger strike since his arrest. On February 28, 2022, he was sent to a solitary confinement cell.

On March 2, he was transferred to the Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary, where prisoners of violent crimes are held. During the arrest, security agents searched his house and confiscated some of his personal belongings. Ragheb is a firefighter with 17 years of work experience who was fired from his job due to his civil activities.

Fariba Asadi: On February 27, this political prisoner went on hunger strike in Qarchak Prison following a quarrel and beating by a fellow inmate to protest against being held in the same ward as prisoners of violent crimes.

On January 3, she was arrested at her house and sent to Qarchak Prison in Varamin City to serve her sentence.

On December 12, 2021, she was summoned by the Executive Unit of the Qods Public and Revolutionary Court to endure her sentence. Earlier, along with three other defendants, she was sentenced to one year imprisonment on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.”

Arsham (Mahmood) Rezai: On February 7, the civil activist, who is jailed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj City, went on hunger strike to protest against a failure to receive adequate medical treatment and refusal to grant him medical furlough. On February 27, the twenty-second day of his hunger strike, his weight had dropped to 52 kilograms and his blood pressure was critically low. He also suffers from a hiatal hernia, an Helicobacter pylori infection and a duodenal ulcer, which have worsened his health during the hunger strike.

Rezai was arrested on January 7, 2019 by security forces. On November 13 of that year, he was released on bail for 200 million tomans until the end of legal proceedings. On February 26, 2019, the Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced Rezai, without informing his attorney that the court session was taking place, to eight years and six months imprisonment on charges of “propaganda against the regime”, “collusion against national security”, and “offensive statements against the supreme leader of Iran”. Per Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the severest punishment of five years was enforceable. On January 20, the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to an additional 15 months in prison on new charges (which was later reduced to 11 months on appeal) and 4 months penal labor for the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad.

Mohammad Hooshangi: On February 23, Hooshangi went on hunger strike to protest his long-term detention in Urmia Prison. On March 7, he ended his hunger strike after prison officials promised to change bail from 7 billion to 2 billion tomans. In January of 2021, Hooshangi was arrested in Tehran and transferred to a detention centre at disposal of IRGC in Urmia City. Ultimately, after 7 months, he was relocated to Urmia Prison. He was charged with “membership in an anti-regime political groups”.

Ali Musa-Nejad Farkoosh: Since February 1, this civil activist, currently jailed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj City, has been on hunger strike and refuses to take medicine as a way of demanding freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.

He suffers from diseases such as a hiatal gastric hernia and intestinal diverticulum. On February 27, after twenty-seven days on hunger strike, he had critically low blood pressure and an extreme weight loss of 13 kilograms.

He was granted medical furlough but was forced to return to prison on October 27, 2021 without completing treatment. Earlier, Forensic Medicine in Karaj City confirmed that he suffers from acute diseases that require surgery.

In June 2019, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, headed by Judge Moghayeseh, sentenced Farkoosh to eight years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion to act against national security”, “an offensive statement against the current and former supreme leaders of Iran” and “propaganda against the regime”. This verdict was upheld by Branch 36 of Tehran’s Court of Appeals. Per Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the severest punishment of five years on the count of “assembly and collusion” is enforceable.

On November 29, 2020, he was sent to Rajai Shahr Prison to serve his sentence.

Ebrahim Seddigh Hamedani: On February 12, Hamedani went on hunger strike in Marivan Prison to protest against the relocation of him and his son to Sanandaj Prison. Earlier, on January 24, this political prisoner refused to take his medicine in protest, leading to severe hyperglycemia.

He and his son were transferred from Urmia Prison to Marivan and Kamyaran prisons, respectively.

On February 23, 2019, Hamedani was arrested alongside along his son Salar and daughter Maryam Seddigh. He was transferred to Urmia Central Prison on April 23, 2019. Maryam Seddigh Hamedani was released from prison on April 25, 2019.

Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia sentenced both men to 16 years imprisonment on charges such as “acting against national security through membership in an anti-regime organization” and “propaganda against the regime”.

In August of 2020, while serving their sentences, they were relocated to the detention centre of the Ministry of Intelligence in Urmia City and interrogated for allegedly spreading “propaganda against the regime inside prison”. Subsequently, a new legal case was opened against them and they were sentenced to an additional 11 months in prison.

Yousef Mehrad: The prisoner of conscience, who is jailed in Arak Prison, has been accused and condemned for blasphemy against the Prophet of Islam. On February 10, he went on hunger strike to protest the prohibition of phone calls. His latest condition since his hunger strike is unknown.

His lawyer, Mohammad Arman, announced that Mehrad has been sentenced to death for one charge and eight years in prison for the other by the Revolutionary Court of Arak. His court-appointed lawyer called the confirmation of this verdict by the Supreme Court unjust, and asserted that his client must be exonerated.

Previously, HRANA reported about this case, wherein two defendants, Sadrollah Fazeli Zare and Yousef Mehrad, were sentenced to death for “blasphemy against the Prophet of Islam” by Arak’s Revolutionary Court. In another trial, Mehrad was sentenced to 8 years in prison for “offensive statements against the current and formers supreme leader of Iran”.

On May 24, 2020, security forces arrested him at his house in Ardabil City. He was transferred to Arak Prison and was detained for two months in a solitary confinement cell. For eight months, he was not allowed to call his family and was denied family visitation. He is the father of three children.

Shakila Monfared: This political prisoner has been on hunger strike in Qarchak Prison in Varamin City since March 3.

She has gone on hunger strike to protest the housing of political prisoners in the same ward as prisoners of violent crime, the irresponsibility of prison officials towards her safety and a recent threat from a fellow inmates.

An informed source told HRANA that a prisoner of violent crimes threatened her with a sharpened piece of can and intended to injure her.

There is no further info about her condition since she was relocated to Ward 8 of the prison.

On August 31, 2020, security forces arrested Monfared while she was leaving her home. They transferred her to a detention centre at the disposal of the IRGC in Tehran. Reportedly, they did not have a warrant for this arrest.

On September 9 of last year, she was relocated to the quarantine section of the women’s ward of Evin Prison. On September 14, she was released on bail of 400 million tomans until the end of legal proceedings.

In January of this year, the joint court trial of Shakila Monfared, Arsham Rezaei, and Mohammad Abolhassani was held in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Iman Afshari. 27-year-old Monfared was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 4 months of probation work in the Agricultural Jihad on charges of “propaganda activities against the system” and “insulting the sanctities of Islam”.

In addition to the mentioned-above political prisoners and imprisoned civil activists, at least three other prisoners, Habibollah Miraki, Loghman Mamandi and Loghman Abdolllahzadeh, went on hunger strike in Kamyaran Prison to protest the refusal of prison officials to grant furlough. Abdolllahzadeh has been on hunger strike since last Sunday, and the first two prisoners since yesterday.

In Iran’s prisons, hunger strikes are common among prisoners despite causing long-term physical and mental impairment. Hunger strikes are used as a last resort to achieve urgent demands such as unlawful long-term detention without trials, violations of prisoners’ rights and infringement in due process.

Fariba Asadi Arrested and Sent to Qarchak Prison to Serve One Year Sentence

On January 10, Fariba Asadi, resident of Tehran, was arrested at home and transferred to Qarchak Prison in Varamin City to serve her sentence. She has been sentenced to one year in prison by Shahriar’s Revolutionary Court.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Asadi was arrested by security forces in February 2021, along with Mehran Delfan Azari, Meysam Gholami and Masoud Vazifeh. They were arrested on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “membership in an anti-regime group”

On October 2, 2021, Branch 2 of Shriar’s Revolutionary Court sentenced Vazifeh to six months on the charge of “abetting in propaganda against the regime” and the three others to one year on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.”

From them, Asadi was released on bail. The other three were sent to Greater Tehran Prison at the end of legal proceedings. Perviously, Masoud Vazifeh and Meysam Gholami were released from jail after completing their sentences.

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