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Update

August 15, 2021

Arrests and Disappearance of Lawyers of Political Prisoners

ALERT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY CAMPAIGN

August 15, 2021

The Burn_the_Cage Movement announced on their Instagram that on Saturday August 14, seven defense lawyers and political activists arrested at the office of the Association for the Protection of Civil Rights in Tehran.  The arrestees included Mostafa Nili, the lawyer for political prisoners Nahid Taghavi, Mehran Raouf, Bahareh Soleimani, Somayeh Kargar, and Nazanin Mohammadnejad who were recently sentenced unjustly.

Also arrested were attorneys Arash Kaykhosravi, Mohammad Reza Faghihi, activist Mariam Farafraz, Leila Heidari; as well as Mehdi Mahmoudian, who is a journalist and a member of Etihad Mellat party (People’s Unity Party).  Attorneys Mohammad Hadi Esfanian Kaseb and Leila Heidari were arrested but then released.

Ominously, not only has no information been released by the Islamic regime on the reason for the arrests but those arrested “have been moved to unknown locations.” The burn_the_cage instagram said that during the arrests, computers, notebooks, cell phone and other personal items were confiscated. This report was confirmed on the websites of Radio Zamaneh and HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) in Farsi.

The Burn_the_Cage Movement announced on their Instagram that on Saturday August 14, seven defense lawyers and political activists arrested at the office of the Association for the Protection of Civil Rights in Tehran.  The arrestees included Mostafa Nili, the lawyer for political prisoners Nahid Taghavi, Mehran Raouf, Bahareh Soleimani, Somayeh Kargar, and Nazanin Mohammadnejad who were recently sentenced unjustly.

Also arrested were attorneys Arash Kaykhosravi, Mohammad Reza Faghihi, activist Mariam Farafraz, Leila Heidari; as well as Mehdi Mahmoudian, who is a journalist and a member of Etihad Mellat party (People’s Unity Party).  Attorneys Mohammad Hadi Esfanian Kaseb and Leila Heidari were arrested but then released.

Ominously, not only has no information been released by the Islamic regime on the reason for the arrests but those arrested “have been moved to unknown locations.” The burn_the_cage instagram said that during the arrests, computers, notebooks, cell phone and other personal items were confiscated. This report was confirmed on the websites of Radio Zamaneh and HRANA (Human Rights Activists News Agency) in Farsi.

These arrests follow a pattern of repression of defense lawyers who heroically stand up for their defendants such as Nasrin Sotoudeh and many others. https://iranhumanrights.org/2021/06/zilabi-iran-human-rights-lawyers/

Stay tuned for further updates from the International Emergency Campaign. Now is a good time to show everyone the film Nasrin to inform and involve others in this campaign.

Cartoon that is circulating on social media, titled "Justice System in Iran"

"I want to talk to my lawyer."
Reply from adjacent  cell, " I am.here."
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