Thursday, March 03, 2011

Haniyeh Farshi-Shotorban: insulting what is sacred

Via Freedom and Democracy for Iran
Haniyeh Farshi-Shotorban, a resident of Tabriz, has been transferred to the Methadone Ward of Evin prison after 7 months of confinement in Ward 209.

She was arrested in July at her workplace in Tabriz and was transferred to Tehran and Evin Prison. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, her charges include “insulting what is sacred” and “having contacts with a foreign entity”.

It is believed that her charges are related to her Facebook membership and activities. The 28 year old citizen has not been politically active.

The Methadone Ward which is normally used for dangerous criminals, including drug addicts is a closed hall no larger 30 to 35 meters and its prisoners are allowed outside to use fresh air less than one hour per day.

They are also excluded from other facilities such as the library and are not given the right to use the phone like other prisoners. They are only allowed cabin visits and are prohibited from face-to-face meetings.

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