Workers’ Rights Activist Reyhaneh Ansari Arrested in Tehran

On Thursday, May 13, 2022, workers’ rights activist Reyhaneh Ansari was arrested and transferred to an unidentified location. The security forces searched her house and confiscated some of her personal belongings.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations, security forces arrested workers’ rights activist Reyhaneh Ansari at her home.

The reasons for the arrest, the entity responsible for the arrest and her whereabouts are still unknown.

Reyhaneh Ansari has been arrested on previous occasions for her civil activities.

Workers’ Rights Activist Alieh Eghdam-Doost Still in Detention After Two Months

After two months, workers’ rights activist Alieh Eghdam-Doost is still in detention in Women’s Ward of Evin Prison as she is unable to afford the bail.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, workers’ rights activist Alieh Eghdam-Doost has been detained in Evin Prison for the past two months.

Last month, on his personal page on social media, Ramin Safarnia, her lawyer, informed that Mrs Eghdam-Doost has been granted bail. But so far, she and her family have not been able to provide the bail. 

On February 7 of 2022, security forces arrested Eghdam-Doost at her house in Fuman City. This arrest was made under the warrant issued by Branch 2 of Fuman’s Courthouse on behalf of Evin Courthouse. Reportedly, Eghdam-Doost has been charged with “propaganda against the regime.”

Alieh Eghdam-Doost, 69, is a workers’ rights activist and has faced other arrests and convictions before.

 

Hirad Pirbodaghi Still In Detention After 25 Days

After 25 days, workers’ rights activist Hirad Pirbodaghi is still detained and awaiting legal proceedings in Ward 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Pirbodaghi confirmed during a phone call with his family that interrogations have finished and he is waiting for bail to be assigned so that he may be released. The Evin Prison court has refused to set bail despite multiple requests from his family.

“In these increasingly cold days, he has been given just one set prison uniform which he has to wash and wear while it is still wet. Moreover, they don’t allow him to purchase anything from the prison store”, an informed source told HRANA.

On November 6, Pirbodaghi was arrested violently by security forces alongside Asal Mohammadi. Their houses were searched during the arrest. He was transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison, which is at the disposal of the Ministry of Intelligence.

Pirbodaghi was indicted on the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security” on November 7.

Mohammadi was released on bond from Evin Prison on November 22. The reason for his arrest is still unknown at the time of writing.

The day before their arrests, Pirbodaghi and Mohammadi, accompanied by seven other activists, had filed a complaint in a judicial office against the use of solitary confinement as a torture method. Mohammadi and Pirbodaghi have previously faced other arrests and convictions for their non-violent activism and worker’s rights advocacy.

Workers’ Rights Activist Othman Esmaeili Arrested by Security Forces

On Wednesday, October 20, workers’ rights activist Othman Esmaeili was detained by security forces.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Esmaeili was transferred to an unidentified location following the arrest.

As an informed source told HRANA, ten security agents arrested the activist at 6 pm in front of his home in Saqqez City. According to the source, the security forces had been monitoring the house all day.

As of this writing, the reason for the arrest and charges against him are unknown.