Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A mysterious judicial system in Iran

The arrest and trial of human rights activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari is part of an ongoing narrative.

Dorothy Parvaz, Al Jazeera, Last Modified: 07 Sep, 2010

Shiva Nazar-Ahari one of many dissident voices being silenced by the Iranian regime

The rearrest and trial of Iranian human rights activist and journalist Shiva Nazar-Ahari adds another name and face to a long list of those targeted by the government there, charged with a list of extraordinary offences and subjected to an opaque justice system.

Hers is not an exceptional case, as the government continues to expand its crackdowns beyond the leaders of the opposition and those who follow them in protest marches. Women’s rights activist are also targeted, and such is the situation for women’s rights advocate and attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, whose home and office were raided a week ago. According to, security forces seized personal effects, computers and files. Sotoudeh was ordered to report to the public prosecutor’s office with her attorney, Nasim Ghanavi, who was told that she could not accompany her client during questioning. Charged with threatening national security and collusion, Sotoudeh was arrested on Sunday and taken to Evin prison.

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