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Iran: Indecency trial of jailed cartoonist and her lawyer for shaking hands absurd

Amnesty - The trial of satirical cartoonist Atena Farghadani and her lawyer on a charge of "illegitimate sexual relations falling short of adultery" after they shook hands is not only absurd and extreme but clearly politically motivated, said Amnesty International ahead of the General Criminal Court session starting tomorrow in Tehran.


Narges-MohammadiAmnesty - Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi's trial on national security-related
charges will begin on 6 October in Tehran. She is still being denied the specialized
medical care she requires. She is a prisoner of conscience.

My Wife is Imprisoned in Iran - Demand Her Release - Bahareh and I were giddy with excitement that summer day in 2008. Our wedding ceremony was just a day away. But Iranian authorities raided Bahareh's house and took her to prison. We have since spent just a year together.

Atena Farghdani Has Been On Hunger Strike For 3 Days

Atena Faraghdani

HRANA News Agency – Defamation and verbal abuse carried by wardens forced Atena Faraghdani, the civil rights activist to go on a three-day-hunger strike. She emphasized that she will start her hunger strike again, if these behaviors continue.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Atena Faraghdani, who has charged with “adultery” for handshaking with her lawyer, after putting this charge on his status, has been continuously under verbal abuse by wardens, and according to her mother, she had been on hunger strike for 3 days.

Her mother told HRANA’s reporter, “This week we went to visit her. Her appearance was messy, and then we realized that she has been on hunger strike for three days without telling us. It is because, after her handshake with her lawyer and false allegation of adultery was added to her case, the wardens continuously verbally abused her, even during her transfer to the hospital. Due to her lymph and blood disease and bad physical condition, a hunger strike is very distressing”.

Atena Faraghdani has complained to this issue and asked for the removal of the allegation from the case.

Her mother called such behaviors a “false allegation”, “illegal and felonious” which has harmed her daughter.

Atena Faraghdani, painter, visual artist and civil rights activist, face “adultery” charge for handshaking with her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi on Saturday June 13, 2015. Her lawyer was arrested as well and transferred to Rajaei Shahr prion which was criticized by many lawyers.

Ms. Faraghdani has been imprisoned since January 10, 2015, and was sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison by judge Salavati. Her charges are “insulting parliament members by drawing cartoons”, “collusion with anti-revolutionary people” and “insulting to supreme leader”.

Atena Faraghdani said last year after two months under revolutionary guard’s detention, that her criticizing paintings were the subject of the interrogation. She is currently kept in women’s ward of Evin prison.

Shokoufeh Azar Under Detention Since 4 Months Ago

Ghazaleh ShiriHRANA News Agency – Shokoufeh Azar, civil rights activist, is more than 4 months under detention without scheduled court session and is being kept in women's ward of Evin prison.

Nahid Gorji In A Bad Psychological Situation Under Detention

Nahid GorjiHRANA News Agency – The mental condition of Nahid Gorji is reported "bad and severely depressive" in the 12th month under detention.

Jailed activist writes to judicial chief about plight as a mother

Nargess MohammadiRadiozamaneh - Jailed human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, to protest that she can't speak to her children on the telephone.

Sedigheh Moradi Deprived Of Medical Care In Evin Prison

Sedigheh MoradiHRANA News Agency – Political prisoner, Sedigheh Moradi is suffering from meniscus tear and tendon in her feet and is held in the women's ward of Evin prison, and considering her problems and diseases, she needs to be sent to the hospital.

Artist Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Staff Verbal Abuse

Atena Farghadani, Artist and Civil Activist - The artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani, behind bars since January 10, 2015, went on a hunger strike in Evin Prison to protest continuous verbal abuse by prison staff, and she required urgent medical care when her blood pressure dropped, her mother Eshrat Ardestani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

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