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Arrest of Ronak Safazadeh Campaign Member in Kurdistan

Change for Equality: October 10, 2007, Ronak Safazadeh, a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign was arrested at her home in Sanandaj, Kurdistand on Tuesday October 9, 2007.

According to reports from the Kurdistan Human Rights News Agency, security forces arrived at the home of Ronak Safazadeh. After search and seizure of property, including her computer, copies of the petition of the Campaign and the booklet of the Campaign explaining laws, Ronak Safazadeh was arrested and transferred to the detention center of the local Office of Information and Security Ministry in Sanandaj, Kurdistan. According to reports, the nature of the arrest of Ms. Safazadeh and the search of her home by security forces was violent.

Ronak Safazadeh is a graphic artist, and women's rights activist. She is a member of Azar Mehr NGO in Kurdistan, Iran. Prior to her arrest, Ms. Safazadeh attended a program commemorating the International Day of the Child, on Monday October 8, 2007, during which she engaged in discussions with participants about the Campaign and collected signatures in support of its petition. Despite the fact that the collection of signatures in support of the Campaign asking the parliament to reform laws which discriminate against women, is not an illegal activity, nine security agents arrived at her home in three cars the following day to arrest her. There is no information on the whereabouts of Ms. Safazadeh since her arrest and her family has not been able to contact her or obtain additional information about the charges against her. Updates on her status will be provided on this site, as they are made available.

... Payvand News - 10/10/07 ... --

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