Iranians Hold Protest For Jailed Women's Rights Activists
Maryam Hosseinkhah is a Women’s Rights activist who was imprisoned by the regime for her efforts towards the “One Million Signature Campaign to change Discriminatory laws towards women.” Additionally, Jelveh Javaheri, another women’s rights activist, was imprisoned as well.
They are being held at the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran.
Noted Iranian photographer Arash Ashoorinia took pictures at the protest. (Kosoof)
Maryam Hosseinkhah wrote this recently from her cell inside Evin prison:
This time is the third time (of my stay at Evin prison), however everything is different. Now with my 100,000 million toman (~$100,000) bail, I am one of them. One of hundreds of women who for years are entangled in the tall walls of Evin and has no one to help. Neither the law helps them, nor family, nor any one else. The true definition of helplessness can be learned here, in the eyes of these inmates. Inmates where if the law was a little, just a little, more fair, would be in their homes next to their children.
Some 200 Iranian people attend a meeting of the Association of Iranian Journalists to protest the arrest of Maryam Hossienkhah and Jelveh Javaheri, two Iranian women rights activist who are in Evin prison right now, in Tehran, Iran on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. Maryam Hossienkhah, a journalist and member of the Women’s Cultural Center, and an active member of the One Million Signatures Campaign was arrested Nov. 18, 2007. Jelveh Javaheri, a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, and a regular writer for the site of Change for Equality (official website of the One Million Signature Campaign), was arrested in Dec. 1, 2007, after an interrogation session at the security branch of the Revolutionary Courts. (WPN)
The mother of Jelveh Javaheri, first row left, and sister of Maryam Hosseinkhah, first row second from left, sit with supporters during a meeting of the Association of Iranian Journalists to protest the arrest of Hossienkhah and Javaheri, two Iranian women rights activists and journalists who are in Evin prison, in Tehran on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. (Javad Montazeri/WPN)
On Monday, Iranian authorities arrested 9 teachers for holding a rally in the western city of Hamedan.