Thursday, 09 February, 2023

Appeals Court Upholds Lengthy Sentence Against Female Activist


A Tehran appeals court has upheld the flogging and prison sentence of a civil rights activist.

According to the Human Rights in Iran, The branch 36 of Tehran’s Appeals Court has upheld 74 lashes and a six-year prison sentence for Sepideh Farhan, graduate of architecture and a civil activist on charges of “disrupting public order through participating in illegal gatherings” and “association and collusion to act against national security.”

Sepideh Farhan (Farahabadi) is a graduate of architecture and a civil activist who was arrested by security forces during the uprising in late December 2017 and January 2018. She was released from Evin Prison on a bail of 250 million toumans, on February 17, 2018.

Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court had sentenced her in absentia to six years in prison on June 24, 2018.

Political prisoners in Iran are arrested and prosecuted under “national security” related charges for peaceful actions including attending in gatherings.

An estimated 8,000 arbitrary arrests were made in the course of the month-long protests in cities across Iran. More than 500 women, including dozens of female students were among those arrested.

At least 58 individuals were killed during the 2018 protests and 12 jailed protesters murdered under torture.

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