Sunday, August 18, 2019

Women’s rights activist Akram Nasirian Arrested In Tehran

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Women’s rights activist,  Akram Nasirian was arrested by unidentied security agents in Tehran for
unknown reasons, on April 29, 2019.

According to Human rights in Iran, Akram Nasirian, who prior to her arrest had worked in ood-impacted areas of the country, disappeared on Monday, April 29.
Looking for her, her family was informed by Tehran’s Detective Bureau that her cell-phone shows her location to be in the Evin region in Tehran.
After her family pursued the issue, it became clear that she had been arrested in the street and
taken to Evin Prison.
Nasirian made a brief phone call to her family the following day and said she was being held for interrogations and that a case had been led for her with the second branch of the Prosecutor’s Oce in Evin.
“My mother Akram Nasirian was arrested on the street on Monday, April 29 [2019] and taken to
Evin Prison without anyone informing us,” her son Nima Mehdipour said in a video message on
Instagram. He added: “For what crime have you arrested my mother? For teaching Afghan refugees to read
and write and helping ood victims in the south of the country? I call on all social activists and
human rights groups to work for her immediate and unconditional release. Free Akram
Nasirian.” Women’s rights activist, Akram Nasirian, a member of the Association of the Voice of Iranian Women
(Neday-e Zanan-e Iran) charity organization, was a member of a relief group assisting the ood
victims. Nasirian is not the rst person to be arrested after working in ood-impacted areas in Iran.
In April, agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) intelligence organization
arrested dozens of Ahwazi Arab volunteers as they were trying to help people in the oodstricken areas of Khuzestan Province, southeast Iran. All Iranian provinces have been aected by oods. At least two million citizens are in need of humanitarian aid and more than half a million have been displaced, losing their homes and all
their belongings. Instead of sheltering people, the regime’s Red Crescent is selling them tents
for 500,000 tomans, each.
According to an MP, in Khuzestan, alone, at least 300,000 houses have been destroyed Hedayatollah Khademi said if the damages by oods is equal if not more than the damages
caused by the eight-year war with Iraq. Other sources describe the incident as the worst natural
disaster happening in Iran in the past 15 years, aecting 2,000 cities and town in 31 provinces.
The situation of ood victims is critical, as many are stranded in remote areas without access to
food, clean water, medicine, clothing and heating. And yet the regime, instead of attending to the needs of the aected citizens, has brought in their mercenary paramilitary troops from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, to quell the outraged residents of ood-hit areas. The authorities had also warned citizens that they could be prosecuted for their online postings about the devastation.

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