The Mourning Mothers, a support group of mothers and relatives of state violence victims in Iran, issued a statement to report the increasing state pressure on their members. The announcement reports that two of their members, Akram Neqabi and Jila Taramsi have been arrested along with their daughters.
The Mourning Mothers
The report adds that Akram Neqabi is the mother
of Saeed Zinali, a young man who was kidnapped from his home over ten years ago
by Iranian security forces and remains missing despite all efforts to locate
Jila Taramsi is the mother of Hessam Taramsi, a 19-year-old post-election detainee who was recently released from prison and is suffering from a number of aliments.
The two mothers were arrested along with their daughters by the authorities five days ago. Officials have also confiscated their passports, money, computers, books and other personal items.
Iranian authorities have accused the detainees of links to dissident groups outside Iran.
Iranian media have written: "After the connections of these four individuals, led by Rahanvard in a group that calls itself "the mourning mothers", with the Monafeqin terrorist group became evident, they were arrested in the process of travelling to Germany to get in touch with their main intermediary."
The Mourning Mother state that the daughters of
Taramsi and Neqabi were travelling to Germany to pursue their education and they
are not involved in any political activities.
The announcement also indicates that their group is no way connected to the People's Mojahedin Organization, which the establishment refers to as "monafeqin" and it adds: "With all respect to Mrs. Zahra Rahnavard, we have never had any connection with her and our group is a popular and spontaneous gathering that has worked towards reducing violence in our society."
Zahra Rahanvard, is the wife of MirHosein Mousavi, the opponent of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential elections. The couple have challenged the victory of Ahmadinejad and challenged the legitimacy and competence of hi government over the past year.
The Mourning Mother stress that the charges against them are in complete contradiction to the peaceful nature of their activities.
In the meantime, Kaleme website reports that the security and judicial branches of the government have begun a "new phase of pressures" on families of political prisoners.
The families are being threatened with arrest if they agree to media interviews and several of them are currently facing prosecution for defending their detained kin and releasing information about them to the media.
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