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05/18/12

Iranian Woman Activist Nargess Mohammadi Transferred to Zanjan Prison

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Jailed Iranian human rights activist Nargess Mohammadi has been transferred to Zanjan Prison. The Melli-Mazhabi website reports that Mohammadi, the deputy head of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders of Iran, was transferred to Zanjan Prison from the Evin Prison infirmary in Tehran.


Nargess Mohammadi

Taghi Rahmani, another Iranian activist who is currently abroad, reported this transfer, saying: "In view of the dire situation of provincial prisons, this transfer is a continuation of the harassment approach the authorities have taken with regard to Nargess Mohammadi."

Mohammadi was visited by her family on Tuesday May 8. She is reportedly being interrogated regarding unspecified new charges that have not been communicated to her lawyer.

Mohammadi had been taken to Evin infirmary a few days earlier for serious health complications. Mohammadi was arrested after the controversial 2009 presidential elections, when human rights activists became a chief target of the government's crackdown.

She is charged with "assembly and collusion against national security, membership in the Centre for Human Rights Defenders of Iran and propaganda activities against the Islamic Republic regime."

Shirin Ebadi, Iran's Nobel Peace laureate and a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, has written to the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urging her to use all of her influence to get Mohammadi out of prison.

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