Arrest of Human Rights Defender Seeking Truth About Disappeared Family Members
September 11, 2017
The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a human rights defender arrested from her home last night, who has previously been targeted by the authorities for her peaceful activism, said Amnesty International.
In February 2017, Raheleh Rahemipour was sentenced to a year in prison for “spreading propaganda against the system” by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. The court cited as “evidence” her media interviews about the forcible disappearance of her family members and her participation in peaceful gatherings where she held a placard reading “You killed my brother. What did you do with his child?” The UN have previously called for the Iranian authorities to stop their harassment of Raheleh Rahemipour.
Raheleh Rahemipour’s niece, Golrou, was born in Evin prison in April 1984 but was taken away from her mother at just 15 days old apparently to undergo medical tests. The family was subsequently told that she had died but the authorities never provided a death certificate or information about the circumstances of her death or burial.