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2 Women’s Rights Activists Arrested in Tehran



Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence department has arrested a number of Women’s rights activists on Monday, in Tehran, and has also summoned a number of the activists or has threatened them. It has been said that these are all in order to prevent the protest plans by these activists in connection with the recent Acid attacks.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Iranian Revolutionary Guards Intelligence arrested a number of women’s rights activists. Zahra Khandan, journalist and former student activist from Amir Kabir University (Tehran Polytechnic) and Soha Mortazaei, other practitioners in the field, are two of these detainees who were arrested in Tehran at their homes.

Zahra Khandan, who has a record of working for Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA) and Etemad Newspaper, was arrested at her home by Intelligence officers and there is no news about her location. Intelligence officers in a contact with this journalist’s father, informed him about his daughter’s detention.

Also, on Monday 19th January, Intelligence officers arrested Ms Soha Mortazaei, student activist at her home. Soha Mortazaei, students activist is a student of Amir kabir University of Technology who had been suspended for one semester in the university, as well.

It is said, additional arrests of women’s rights activists have been done in the same day that will be announced in following reports.

Women’s rights activists believe that considering summoning and phone call threats of several other activists at the same day, the arrests are likely to deal with women’s rights activists to prevent them from holding possible rallies to protest at the Acid attacks.

It should be noted that Mahdiyeh Golroo, another women’s rights activists who participated in protests against the Acid attacks is still under detention.