Friday, March 09, 2007

Two Most Prominent Women Activists Remain Imprisoned in Evin

Maboubeh Abbasgholizadeh and Shadi Sadr still remain in prison. Up to now, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh has not contacted her family, and Shadi Sadr has had only one telephone conversation with her family so far.

Shadi Sadr, on the top picture, is a prominent lawyer, journalist, and activist. She founded Zanan-e Iran, the first website dedicated to the work of Iranian women’s rights activists, and she has written numerous articles and several books on the subject of Iranian women and their legal rights. Shadi Sadr has represented a number of persecuted activists and journalists and has donated her time in successfully overturning the convictions of several women sentenced to execution.

Mahbubeh Abbasgholizadeh is the editor of the Zanan quarterly journal and is a key member of the Campaign Against Stoning. She has also served as the director of the NGO Training Center. In November 2004, Mahboobeh Abbasgholozadeh was arrested as a result of her activism on women’s rights and was detained for over a month.(Photos from Kosoof)

Jim from Gateway pundit talked" with Soheila Vahdati and Sanam Dolatshahi from the Stop Stoning Forever website today and was told that both of the women that are still held by authorities are prominent activists with the stop stoning movement and have traveled to other regional countries to protest against the practice of stoning. There is no new news about the two women who are still being held.

The women also reported that the authorities were listening in on their calls. One of the activists said that officials even knew that her sister was going through a divorce.

The women were hoping that through their movement would help change the laws and bring equality to Iranian society. Two of the women that were held this past week suffer from MS and were denied their medications while they were imprisoned. I was also told by the women I talked with today that they hope that the public will support their friends who are being held in prison. You are able to do this by signing the petition *HERE* for the release of Maboubeh Abbasgholizadeh and Shadi Sadr who still remain in prison."

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