In recent days, news has unfortunately been published in domestic media – I’m not interested in domestic media, so some friends sent it to me – about how the UN Special Rapporteur had written a Tweet about Iran that Atena Dae’mi had, for two months, been prohibited from using a telephone, and demanded that the government of Iran make a phone available to her so that she could communicate with her family.
Responding to the UN Rapporteur, Iran’s Human Rights Headquarters stated, unfortunately, that Atena Da’emi had been imprisoned in Gilan Province for seven months; that during these seven months, she had 34 visitations with her family; and that she had no sort of phone restriction and could readily communicate with her family.
Here, I thought it necessary to answer this human rights organization of Iran’s – and I don’t know what part of it has to do with human rights, or what human rights work it’s done for the people of Iran. To answer the Human Rights Headquarters of Iran, as well as the news service that published this text, I ask: where were they these past seven years? This Human Rights Council, these domestic news agencies. It’s been seven years we’ve experienced all this psychological torture, and they didn’t even come to us once, or ask a question of us. They never followed up to see what’s going on or what our problem is.