On September 28th 2016 an Iranian appeals court upheld a 16-year sentence for 44 year old Narges Mohammadi, a prominent human rights defender. Mrs. Mohammadi is a key member of the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty in Iran, a lawyer by training, and mother of two. She has been in and out of jail for the last 15 years.
Narges Mohammadi is mother of two and has been deprived of seeing her children for the past eight months... In order to put pressure on this political prisoner, all her medicine was taken away from her upon her transfer to her ward and she has been deprived of her medicine.
In her latest documentary, “Will She Win the War?”, Iranian filmmaker Mina Keshavarz challenges the status quo of modern Iranian women... In an exclusive English language interview with WNN staff journalist Elahe Amani, Keshavarz discusses, “Will She Win the War?” and its significance to the representation of women and the arts in Iran.
Bahareh is the longest serving woman prisoner of conscience in Iran... Now after spending six years in one of the most notorious prisons of Iran, despite the imposition of solitary confinement, prolonged interrogations... she has completed serving her unjust sentences but she is still kept unlawfully in detention.
Atena Farghadani, a 29-year-old painter and activist, was sentenced on 1 June to 12 years and nine months in prison, on charges of “gathering and colluding against national security”, “insulting members of parliament through paintings”, “spreading propaganda against the system”, “insulting the President” and “insulting the Iranian Supreme Leader”.
Farinaz Khosravani, a 25 year-old Iranian Kurdish woman fell/jumped from the fourth floor of Tara Hotel in Mahabad... Amnesty Inll referenced that people alleged that the member of Iran‘s intelligence and security forces had threatened to rape Farinaz.
"Writing about you in my blog, will allow me to tell the few worthwhile people, who may read it, about you. I want to tell them that you are not just a brave prisoner whose pictures they have seen... I want to tell them that you are a real person. The best in fact." - Journalist Marzieh Rasouli.
March 2014: Student activist Marymam Shafipour charged with “assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security”, and “spreading propaganda against the regime”...
Feb 2014: By Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia - "Not only is Iran’s new President Rowhani not responding to women activists, but there are new restrictions on women in accessing jobs, especially jobs for single unmarried women...."
Feb 2014 - WNN: “The case of Maryam Shafi’Pour deserves immediate attention of the global human rights community,” outlines WNN reporter on Iran, Elahe Amani..
Dec 2013: Sources report that the health of Maryam Shafipour continues to deteriorate. Her high blood pressure reached dangerous levels rendering her unconscious...
Nov 2013: Bahareh is a 32-year-old Iranian women’s and student rights activist, serving a nine and a half year prison sentence for speaking out against the violations of the rights of students following the 2009 presidential elections in Iran...