Two British women in prison in Iran
In prison for attempting to watch a male volleyball match
In prison for putting anti-regime comment on her Facebook
Ghonche Ghavami is a 25 years old Iranian-British woman, who studied law in SWAS University in London, has been in prison since June 2014. Ghonche was arrested when she was trying to enter the Azadi stadium in Tehran to watch men’s volleyball. In Iran, according to the government’s Islamic law, women are not allowed to enter stadiums to watch sports. Ghonche Ghavami is currently held in Evin prison and has spent 41 days in solitary confinement. Her family is extremely worried about her and there is no sign of her being released.
Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, 48, is a British-Iranian citizen who has been in prison in Iran since October 2013. Roya is sentenced to 20 years in prison for writing comments about the Islamic regime on her Facebook page. She has been subjected to physical and psychological torture. During the trial her lawyer was present but not allowed to speak on her behalf.
Roya was transferred to Shreh Rayprison which is an infamous women prison in Iran. She is under lots of pressure.
In both cases the spokesperson for the UK foreign Office has only said that they are aware of these two situations and are looking into them. In the case of Roya Saberinejad, they told his family that they have done all they could. Despite her family’s numerous attempts to contact the Foreign Office and request that they apply pressure on the Islamic regime to free Roya, the foreign office have not taken any serious action.
“Free Roya Now” is a campaign in support of Roya Saberinejad which was launched in July 2014. We ask you to urge the Foreign Office to pressurise the government in Iran to release Ghonche Ghavami and Roya Saberinejad immediately.
Please sign the following petition in support of Ghonche Ghavami and Roya Saberinejad:
Roya’s petition: http://chn.ge/1m9WZ7Y
Ghonche’s petition : www.change.org/FreeGhonchehGhavami
An interview with Ghonche Ghavami’s brother: http://bit.ly/1mbTyEd
Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI)
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Shiva Mahobi, Spokesperson
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