From the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners

ALERT: Dangerous Development re Iranian Political Prisoner Sepideh Gholian

Editors' Note: We received the following from the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran's Political Prisoners.

Portrait of Sepideh Gholian, Iranian political prisoner.

 

Sepideh Gholian, Iranian political prisoner   

There has been an important dangerous development in the case of Iranian political prisoner Sepideh Gholian.  According to recent news reports, on Monday, October 11, thirty plainclothes Islamic Republic goons stormed her sister’s home, where she was staying during a medical leave, and brutally arrested and removed the 26-year-old Sepideh.  The police goons also confiscated the cell phones of everyone in her family.

Sepideh’s incredibly heroic story, including a 19 segment prison diary, is available in English and Farsi on the website IranWire. This includes the moving cry and challenge for the world to fight for all of Iran’s political prisoners that Sepideh issued in late 2019 when she was 23 years old.  It says in part:

You hear my voice from Iran. You hear my voice from among 1,500 innocent women prisoners of Gharchak prison. You hear my voice from among a throng of unknown women who are in prison on baseless charges. You hear my voice as a representative of women who live under injustice, whips and brutality. Gender discrimination has broken their backs and they have no way to freedom. Listen to my voice and listen good!

Her case was referenced in our Emergency Appeal as an example of prisoners’ lives that are hanging in the balance and why we must act now with urgency:

Women prisoners are increasingly transferred to more remote prisons, limiting access by their family and lawyers. They include: Sepideh Gholian, a freelance journalist arrested for reporting and allegedly taking part in labor strikes. In early March 2021, she was suddenly transferred in chains from Tehran's Evin Prison to Bushehr Prison in southern Iran, more than 373 miles from her parents.

Stay tuned:  the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners (IEC) will report more fully on her situation in coming days at our website www.freeiranspoliticalprisonersnow.org, as well as at revcom.us.

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