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Silencing the Women's Rights Movement in Iran

through activism in the One Million Signatures Campaign and through carrying out activities intent on empowering women." A court date has not yet been set for Etemadi." 206

Hayedeh Tabesh, another activist with the One Million Signatures Campaign in Isfahan, was arrested at her home on December 5, 2009. Tabesh had been banned from leaving Iran and interrogated months before. Security agents searched her home and seized personal property including her sons' computers." 207 She was held in Isfahan's Central Prison until December 8, 2009 when she was released on a financial guarantee of 5 million tomans (roughly USD $5,000). The charges against Tabesh included action against national security through activism in the One Million Signatures Campaign and through activities intent on empowering women. No court date has been set.208

Somayeh Rashidi, a women's rights activist and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, was arrested on December 19, 2009. She was released from Evin prison on February 25, 2010. While in detention, Rashidi was not permitted to contact a lawyer or visit with her family.209 Rashidi told Parisa Kakaee that she had been badly beaten on the face with a jacket in the basement of Evin." 210

Mansoureh Shojaee, a founding member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, a founder of the Women's Cultural Center (Markaz-i Farhangiyih Zanan), and prolific writer on women's issues, was arrested in the early hours of December 29, 2009. Agents searched her home and confiscated personal property, including her mobile phone and computer.211 For weeks, they did not tell her why she had been arrested. They permitted only limited contact with her family and lawyer while she was in detention.212

Another member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, Mahboubeh Karami, was arrested on March 2, 2010. Agents searched her family home and seized her personal belongings. They kept her in Ward 2-A of the Revolutionary Guard prison for 80 days, and then transferred her to Ward 209 in Evin prison. She was denied bail and it has been reported that her physical and psychological condition has steadily deteriorated

[206] Iran : Interview with Mother of Imprisoned Campaign Activist Mehrnoosh Etemadi, Change for Equality, December 3, 2009, available at http://www.wluml.org/node/5748.
[207] Hayedeh Tabesh, Iran Campaign Activist in Isfahan Arrested, Change for Equality, December 5, 2009, available at http://www.wwhr.org/news.php?detay=49; Hayedeh Tabesh, Campaign Member in Isfahan, Banned from Travel and Interrogated, Change for Equality, (October 27, 2009), available at http://www.sign4change.info/english/spip.php?article584.
[208] Violence against Women's Rights Activists, Change for Equality, January 11, 2010, available at http://www.wunrn.com/news/2010/01_10/01_25_10/012510_iran.htm.
[209] Interview with Somayeh Rashidi, Change for Equality, January 28, 2010, available at http://www.wluml.org/node/5905; Women's Rights Activist Detained Somayeh Rashidi, Amnesty International, February 5, 2010, available at http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/016/2010/en; Somayeh Rashidi Released After 68 Days in Detention, Change for Equality, February 26, 2010, available at http://www.campaignforequality.info/english/spip.php?article650.
[210] IHRDC Interview with Parisa Kakaee (April 14, 2010) (on file with IHRDC).
[211] Iran : Arrest of 19 Activists from the Women's Movement, Women Journalist and Civil Activists, Feminist School, January 14, 2010, available at http://www.payvand.com/news/10/jan/1131.html. Khanivadihyih Masoureh Shojaee bih Dadgah Muraji'i Kardand Amma Hich Javabi Daryaft Nakardand [Family of Masoureh Shojaee Went to Court but Were not Able to Obtain Any Answers], The Feminist School, December 31, 2009, available at http://www.feministschool.com/spip.php?article4008.
[212] Interview with Nasrin Sotoodeh Regarding Mansoureh Shojaee's Case, Feminist School, January 18, 2010, available at http://www.feministschool.com/english/spip.php?article366.

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Sexual Violence, Gender Rights, Death Penalty, Political Killings, Executions, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, Punishment, Personal Liberty, Arbitrary Detention, Travel Restrictions, Due Process, Right to an Attorney, Illegal Search and Seizure, Free Speech, Right to Protest, Protests, Free Association, Child Rights, Political Freedom, Equality Before the Law, Discrimination