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Iranian Women's Rights Activist Sentenced To Imprisonment

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Jelveh Javaheri

Jelveh Javaheri, member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment. Tagheer Baray-e Barabai website reported that she has been sentenced for "gathering and collaborating against national security."

Ms. Javaheri was arrested on June 17 with eight other women's activists in front of Abrisham Gallery. Her defense attorney, Mina Jafari maintains that Ms. Javaheri's membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign was the grounds for her sentencing.

The One Million Signatures Demanding Change to Discriminatory Laws is a campaign organized by several women's activists to protest against discriminatory laws, and in the last three years, 50 of its members have been arrested.

Ms. Jafari claims that the charge cited in the sentencing is different from the indictment. All other detainees of that day were acquitted of their charge. Contrary to legal provisions, the sentence was not communicated to the defense lawyer. Even her written application for a copy of the sentence was denied and she was only allowed to peruse the document at the court office.

Change for Equality

Ms Javaheri has been arrested on several other occasions. She was also arrested in connection with her work at the Campaign website and released from Evin prison after 30 days on bail. At the time, she was sentenced to six months in prison which was later reduced to a suspended sentence.

In the recent mass trial of election protesters, authorities cited women's rights groups as agents of foreign conspiracies to topple the government.

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