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Human Rights Watch Condemns Arrest Of Iranian Legal Scholar

Human Rights Watch
June 29, 1998
Press Release

Human Rights Watch today condemned the arrest of Hojatoleslam Mohssen Saeid-Zadeh, an independent legal scholar in Iran.

He was arrested today at noon at his house in Tehran. It is not known whether he has been charged with an offense.

Hojatoleslam Saeid-Zadeh's public calls to reinterpret Islamic law in the realms of personal status and the rights of women have provoked opposition from conservative clerics. In November 1997, Hojatoleslam Saeid-Zadeh was one of the speakers at a major international conference organized jointly by the United Nations Children Fund and the Tehran-based National Association to Protect Children's Rights.

Hojatoleslam Saeid-Zadeh is a member of the Islamic clergy. "Hojatoleslam" is a religious honorific.

Human Rights Watch fears that Hojatoleslam Saeid-Zadeh may have been detained because of his peaceful expression of views challenging the prevailing interpretations of Islamic law in Iran, in violation of international standards.