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Iran: Woman Activist Somayeh Rashidi Arrested


Source: Change for Equality

Somayeh Rashidi, women's rights defender and Campaign activist was arrested earlier today, Saturday December 19, after appearing for interrogation at the Revolutionary Courts.

Afrooz Maghzi, the lawyer representing Somayeh, explained to the site of Change for Equality that: "this morning and in follow up to a summons she received after the search of her home, Somayeh Rashidi went to the Revolutionary Courts. Despite the fact that the court accepted that I would represent Rashidi in the case against her, I was not allowed to be present during the interrogation. Somayeh Rashidi was in interrogation for about 2 hours, after which I was informed that she had been charged and a temporary arrest order had been issued in her case. She was then transferred to Evin prison."

Last week five security officials appeared at the home of Somayeh Rashidi at 6 am, with a search warrant. The home which Somayeh shares with two housemates was searched and her personal belongings as well as the property of her housemates were seized by security officials.

Somayeh Rashidi is an activist involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign. She began her activities in the Campaign in the first month after the Campaign was launched. She had been an active member of the Iranian women's movement for several years before the start of the Campaign. Additionally it should be noted that Rashidi was banned from continuing her studies at the Masters level, despite the fact that she was accepted into university in the field of women's studies. She was banned from continuing her education in the field of women's studies because of her activities in support of women's rights.

Read more about Somayeh and her activism.

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