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Amir Yagoub-Ali Spends 20th Birthday in Evin Prison

Change for Equality :
Today (12 July 2007) is Amir Yaghoub-Ali’s 20th Birthday, which he will celebrate in Section 209 of Evin Prison, most possibly while in Solitary Confinement.

Amir Yaghoub-Ali was arrested on July 11 while collecting signatures in support of the One Million Signatures Campaign, and after five days in detention, he was transferred to Section 209 of Evin prison on Sunday July 15.

According to Behnaz Mokhtari, Ali’s mother, the judge in charge of his case, informed her on Sunday that Ali had been transferred to Evin prison. "Mr. Sobhani, the judge, informed us that there are 11 charges against Ali, and that he would have to remain in Evin prison until these charges are investigated. I asked the judge what exactly these charges were. My daughter asked what illegal activity has he engaged in? Is collection of signatures illegal?"

The judge, according to Ms. Mokhtari, brushed them off and replied as such: "we are not concerned with its legal or illegal nature. We have to see what the "leaning" and intent of his activities were. Amir is a man, why has he concerned himself with the activities of women? He should go and focus on his studies."

While the authorities may not understand Amir’s commitment to fight for equal rights and his respect for human rights, those fighting for equal rights of women, commend Ali for his commitment and honor him on this auspicious day—the day of his birth. Amir represents a younger generation of Iranians, who respect the human rights of their fellow citizens and are willing to take risks in order to ensure that fellow human beings are treated with dignity. This characteristic obviously sets this younger generation apart from previous generations of Iranians, and gives us all hope! Happy Birthday Amir!

.Amir Yaghoub-Ali Transfered to Section 209 of Evin Prison

Change for Equality: After 5 days in detention, reports indicate that Amir Yaghoub-Ali has been transferred to the 209th Section of Evin Prison, which is administered by agents of the Ministry of Information and Security. Amir Yaghoub-Ali was arrested on July 11, 2007, while collecting signatures in support of the One Million Signatures Campaign, in Andisheh Park in Tehran. His parents and other women’s rights activists went to the Revolutionary Courts in an effort to pursue his case, on Thursday July 12. During his court hearing, Judge Jamshidi, issued a 48-hour order of arrest. A subsequent court hearing was scheduled with the security branch of the courts, for Saturday July 14, after which it was believed that Amir Yaghoub-Ali would be released on Bail. His family members followed his case on Saturday, but instead of receiving answers to his whereabouts and the status of his case, they were given the runaround, and forced to go from the court to the detention center, and back.

Instead of releasing Amir, as promised by Judge Jamshidi, family members were reportedly informed that Amir has been transferred to the 209th Section of Evin Prison. This order was apparently issued by Judge Hadad, in the security branch of the Revolutionary Courts.

Amir is one of a growing number of young men, involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign, and the women’s movement. Through their growing activism on behalf of equal rights for women, these young men not only forgo the rights unjustifiably accorded to them by law, but take risks and face imprisonment in an effort to ensure that women in Iran are viewed as full human beings under the law. Their commitment to human rights and equality should be met with applause and encouragement, not imprisonment.

It should be noted that the act of collecting signatures for a petition intended for the Parliament is not defined as an illegal activity under Iranian law. To date 13 members of the One Million Signatures Campaign have been illegally arrested for involvement in this most civil and peaceful of activities.

July 11, 2007 Amir Yaghoub-Ali Arrested while Collecting Signatures

Change for Equality: Amir Yaghoub Ali, a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign and student activist at Allameh Tabatabi’e University, was arrested on July 11, 2007 while collecting signatures in support of the One Million Signatures Campaign at Andisheh Park, in Tehran.

Amir was first detained by park police. He was subsequently arrested and taken to Niloofar police station No. 104. According to reports, Amir Yaghoub Ali will be taken to Tehran District court on Thursday July 12. Updates on this case will be provided on a regular basis.

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