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Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee

More than 400 Iranian political and civil activists have issued a statement demanding the “immediate and unconditional” release of fellow activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraei (Iraee) from prison, announced in IranWire on April 21. The full statement in Farsi by 20 initial signatories was published in Akhbar-Rooz on April 19.

The activists decried last week's sentencing of Iraei to seven more years in prison "in a brutal, unfair, and vindictive process after months of indecision in detention."

They noted, "After more than seven months of the Gina uprising, which brought the cry of freedom life to streets across the country, and a new sphere for women's liberation from historical oppression has emerged, we are witnessing a renewed wave of arrests, imprisonment and heavy sentences for political and social activists, who, despite the announcement of a general amnesty last month and the claim of the release of a large number of prisoners, remain in prison and security wards. They are imprisoned with cruel sentences."

On September 26, Iraei was re-arrested in a raid on her home in which she was subjected to beatings and other ill treatment. She had just been released in May 2022 after serving three years for "insulting the sacred" and "propaganda against the regime".

On April 13, the Tehran Revolutionary Court convicted her of "assembly and collusion against the regime" and "propaganda against the regime," for which she was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison.

At her "trial", the proof of "assembly and collusion" were her social media posts about upcoming protests, and proof of "propaganda against the state" in her trial were her denunciations of the killing of minors during the protests.

Iraee was also banned from leaving the country, staying in Tehran, or joining a party or group for two years.

She was denied temporary leave because she refused to write a "letter of repentance."