Monday, June 8, 2015

From Animal Cartoons to Opposition to the Death Penalty: Just About Anything Can Land You in Prison in Iran - NEWS

Amnesty International
June 5, 2015
  • Atena Farghadani is a 28-year-old artist and women’s rights activist. She drew a cartoon depicting some members of Iran’s Majles (Parliament) with animal heads, as a form of protest against bills that are in different stages of moving through the parliamentary process that, in an effort to boost child-bearing, would among other things, restrict access to contraception and establish preferences in hiring for married women over single women.
  •  Narges Mohammadi also faces unsubstantiated charges including “spreading propaganda against the system,” “assembly and collusion against national security” and “membership of an illegal organization whose aim is to harm national security” for her founding of Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty (note: Iran is the Number Two executioner in the world, after China).
  •  Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been in prison for ten months, mostly in solitary confinement, and is currently on trial in the Revolutionary Court presided by the “hanging judge” Salavati, known for the harsh sentences he hands down to prisoners of conscience. Jason Rezaian had been a credentialed journalist peacefully carrying out his professional activities when he was suddenly arrested in July 2014 along with his wife and two others.
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