Saha Mortezai Imprisoned for Sentencing

Saha Mortezai, the former head of the Student Union of the University of Tehran, was taken to Evin Prison to serve her sentence. Earlier, on November 21, 2022, security forces arrested her violently at her workplace.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, former student union activist Saha Mortezai was taken to Evin Prison to serve her six-year sentence.

On November 17, 2019, IRGC Intelligence arrested her at a student dormitory in Tehran and took her to Ward 2-A of Evin Prison. After a while, she went on a hunger strike in jail in protest against an excessive bail she could not afford. She ended her hunger strike after 22 days. On January 22, 2020, she was released on bail.

In November 2020, the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Mortezai to six years. This verdict was upheld on appeal. According to Iran’s Student Union, three years and eight months for one charge are enforceable to her.


Several Citizens Arrested During the Memorial for Samad Shabani

On March 11, during the memorial for Samad Shabani, the writer and poet in Karaj, at least 20 attendees were arrested by Karaj’s Security Police of NAJA. Saha Mortezaie, Alireza Saghafi, Haleh Safarzadeh, Elham Salehi and Samaneh Moradi were transferred to an unidentified location and the rest was released a few hours later after signing a commitment letter.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, during the memorial ceremony which was attended a number of citizens, civil and worker’s rights activists, police raided and arrested 20 attendees. The police released some arrestees after taking photos for them and forcing them to sign a commitment letter. They transferred the rest to an unidentified location.

Samad Shabani is a playwright and poet who passed away from disease on March 1.