An Unpublished Story Can Put You Behind Bars in Iran

Image result for An Unpublished Story Can Put You Behind Bars in IranA writer and human rights activist, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has been charged by a court in Iran for publishing fabricated and imaginative stories, while also “insulting Islamic sanctities” through her writings over the stoning punishments present in the country. She has been asked to serve six years in the Evin Prison.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee’s story was never going to be published, but she was still arrested along with her husband on September 6, 2016. Much of her story covers the response of a woman who saw the film, The Stoning of Soraya M. When she was arrested, Revolutionary Guards took her laptop, accessories, and notebooks, along with a collection of CDs. She was then transferred to a secret detention, where she was kept for 20 days, including a few days of solitary confinement. Two of her lawyers representing her in the court were put under pressure, and not allowed to speak about her case in court respectively.

Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther has on many occasions voiced concerns over human rights activist detentions in Iran, and concerning Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee he said, “The charges against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are ludicrous. She is facing years behind bars simply for writing a story, and one which was not even published – she is effectively being punished for using her imagination. Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee’s ‘trial’ was farcical. She was denied the right to a defense and her sentence was a foregone conclusion. This is just the latest example of the Iranian authorities’ utter contempt for justice and human rights.” It was also reported that she was repeatedly interrogated while facing the wall and blindfolded, and repeatedly threatened to be executed for insulting the Islamic Law.

References

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/06/golrokh-ebrahimi-iraee-iranian-writer-faces-long-jail-term-for-short-story-stoning-death

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/10/iran-writer-facing-imminent-imprisonment-for-story-about-stoning/

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