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

Posted on: 1st July, 2016
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Afarin Chitsaz

HRANA News Agency – In women’s ward of Evin prison, there are many mothers along with other women who are being kept in a bad environment, phone call is not available and visits are very limited. The following report is trying to give an overview about the condition and status of 24 female political prisoners in this prison.

Currently 24 political prisoners are kept in women’s ward in Evin prison:

Mahvash Shahriari Sabet (63 years old):

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

Sentence: 10 years in prison.

Medical conditions: diseases of joints and osteoporosis.

Further Information: 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.

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

Political activities.

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.

Further Information: her brother Hamidreza Akbari Monfared is also for similar charges in Rajai Shahr prison.

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.

Further Information: was arrested along with her husband on Ashura 2009, Ahmad Daneshpour and her father-in-law and her mother. She has repeatedly demanded non-use of handcuffs when she is being sent to the hospital due to bone illness because her neck is incapable of using handcuffs as well as her husband who is suffering from multiple illnesses, is being kept in ward 350 of Evin prison, and has been sentenced to death. This is while Mr. Daneshpour’s father has also been sentenced to death for 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: multiple diseases.

Further Information: 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 and newly sentenced to another 16 years sentence.

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

Further Information: Civil society activist and women’s rights activist, was detained for human rights activities, participating in protests against acid attacks, 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 condition: spending a long time solitary confinement caused her serious physical problems.

Further Information: 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 condition: suffers from mental illness and neurological diseases.

Further Information: three years in prison at the age of 13, which she has experienced in the 1980s, a while ago her husband was also arrested in 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.

Further Information: 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.

Further Information: cyber activist, 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.

Sentence: 2 years in prison.

Further Information: 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 prohibited and a 2-year suspended prison sentence was implemented.

Elham Farahani (53 years old):

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

Sentence: 4 years in prison.

Further Information: 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.

Further Information: professor of the Virtual University of Baha’is in Iran.

Elham Barmaki (46 years old):

Charges: espionage.

Sentence: 7 years in prison.

Further Information: 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 condition: 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 condition: heart disease, ASD and record of heart surgery

Further Information: was arrested in Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case and was recently sent to medical furlough after hunger strike.

Afarin Chitsaz:

Sentence: 10 years in prison.

Further Information: journalist.

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.

Further Information: 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.

Tahereh Jafari (53 years old):

Charges: propaganda against the state.

The first sentence: 1 year.

Medical condition: has suffered from heart problems and a slipped disc and doctors of the prosecutor after her request for punishment intolerance on her arrival at the prison have confirmed that she needed constant care and every three months should be sent to the hospital for treatment.

Paniz Azimi (21 years old):

Charges: Facebook activities.

Sentence: one year in prison.

Further Information: Wife of Mohammad Najafi.

Zahra Shafi`ei:

Charges: Unknown.

Status: Being kept in limbo.

Marjan Davari (50 years old):

Charges: Unknown.

Status: Being kept in limbo.

Further Information: Translator and researcher.

Reyhaneh Tabatabai (31 years old):

Charges: propaganda against the state.

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

Further Information: 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.

Need to be mentioned, HRANA had previously reported in details the condition and issues of female prisoner of Evin prison.

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