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Atena Farghadani
July 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

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  • Clairwil
    July 15, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Atena is a cartoonist currently serving a 12 year prison sentence in Iran for drawing the above cartoon of the Iranian leadership.

    A lot of cartoonists, around the world, have drawn cartoons to publicise this:

    Here is what Amnesty International has to say:


    Atena is a prisoner of conscience – she has committed no real crime. She is being unfairly punished simply for exercising her right to free speech, association and assembly.

    Iran has pledged to protect free speech, including through artistic activities, as a signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    Beaten in detention, punished for speaking out

    Last August, 12 members of the Revolutionary Guards came to Atena’s house. They confiscated her personal belongings, blindfolded her and took her to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

    Atena was released in November last year, but rearrested just six weeks later. In the time that she was released, she gave media interviews and posted a video on youtube describing how the prison guards had interrogated her for 9 hours every day for six weeks. She said that female prison guards had beaten her and subjected her to degrading body searches.

    Just weeks after posting her youtube video, Atena was once again arrested – possibly as reprisal for speaking out.

    Hunger strike in protest at prison conditions

    Atena was kept in solitary confinement for over two weeks when she was detained last year in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. During that time she was denied access to her lawyer or family. After her release from detention, she said that she’d been beaten by prison guards.

    Three weeks after she was rearrested in January this year, Atena went on hunger strike to protest that she was being held in extremely poor prison conditions, in a jail that does not have a section for political prisoners. Atena’s health suffered considerably as a result; her lawyer told us that Atena had suffered a heart attack and briefly lost consciousness in late February as a result of her hunger strike.

    Call on Iran to release Atena and reunite her with her family immediately: she has committed no crime.



    If you'd like to help, follow the link to sign the petition to have her freed:

    LINK TO PETITION

  • VooDooB
    by VooDooB
    July 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Just another example that Iran is NOT a civilized country. Beyond gaining advanced weapons of mass destruction, they have no intention of evolving with the rest of the civilized world. They should not even be given the chance to be trusted with nuclear capabilities.

  • Billiejeens
    July 15, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    She knew the rules.

  • waldorfmom
    July 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM


    Quoting Billiejeens:

    She knew the rules.

    Yes, you are right. And yet she chose the path of courage in the face of those rules. Her plight, and that of her fellow Iranians, is so much harsher than what our civil rights movement had to deal with. (No disrespect to that movement, just an acknowledgement of the more extreme oppression of a totalitarian regime)

    American civil society (a society of law-abiding people who respect each other's rights) is so safe and open compared with almost every other country, that we take a lot for granted !

  • Billiejeens
    July 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

     

    Quoting waldorfmom:

     

    Quoting Billiejeens:

    She knew the rules.

    Yes, you are right. And yet she chose the path of courage in the face of those rules. Her plight, and that of her fellow Iranians, is so much harsher than what our civil rights movement had to deal with. (No disrespect to that movement, just an acknowledgement of the more extreme oppression of a totalitarian regime)

    American civil society (a society of law-abiding people who respect each other's rights) is so safe and open compared with almost every other country, that we take a lot for granted !

     Sorry - I misread it.

    I thought the story was about cartoons and Pam Gellar.

     

    MY BAD!

  • MelanieJK
    July 15, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    I'm surprised that they let her talk to the media (or the media talk to her) or post YouTube videos during the periods between arrests.     Her persistence is impressive.     

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