HRANA News Agency – Although fifteen days has passed since Mahnaz Mohammadi was detained, the documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist has not been able to contact her family by phone.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), despite widespread objections to Mahnaz Mohammadi continued incarceration and lack of news from her, Iranian security and judicial officials have remained silent about the reason behind her arrest and have denied her the right to call her family.
Maryam Majd, a photo-journalist and women’s rights activist, contacted her family by phone yesterday.It has been reported that she was in a poor psychological condition at the time of her contact.According to a well informed source, Maryam Majd suffers from kidney problems and has not been able to eat anything since last Friday.Additionally, Maryam Majd has both heart and kidney diseases for which she was hospitalized for some time before her arrest.
Furthermore, because of Mahnaz Mohammadi’s health problems, concerns and worries surrounding her imprisonment and unknown condition continue to increase.An informed source close to the documentary filmmaker has said, “Mahnaz suffers from a disease similar to Multiple Sclerosis and must take medication such as Cortisone daily.If she doesn’t take her medication, she will have extreme muscular pain and local paralysis.Since there has been no news of her during this time, we are worried whether she has had access to her medication.”
On June 17, 2011, Maryam Majd was arrested in her family home when she intended to leave the country to cover the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Sources close to Maryam Majd and Mahnaz Mohammadi have reported that their case files have been given to the investigators at Park Shahr Court.Unlike that of other political and social activists, Maryam Majd and Mahnaz Mohammadi’s cases are not being handled by the Revolutionary Court and the Evin Court.
During the last few weeks, amongst widespread objections to these activists’ arrests, a number of human rights organizations, trade unions and foreign governments have requested Maryam Majd and Mahnaz Mohammadi’s immediate and unconditional release from prison.