Ghoncheh Ghavami’s hunger strike
Help us save her life
Ghoncheh Ghavami is a 25 years old Iranian-British woman who was arrested in Iran for attempting to watch a volleyball game. Ghoncheh has been transferred to the notorious Gharchak prison in Varamin-Iran and has started a dry hunger strike. Ghoncheh’s arrest has attracted international attention toward the serious lack of women’s right and their prohibition from entering stadiums in Iran.
Following the international condemnation of Ghoncheh’s arrest and the exclusion of women from sports arenas by the Islamic regime in Iran, FIVB the International Federation of Volleyball, has announced that Iran is not eligible to host the international volleyball games. The FIVB’s official has called for Ghoncheh’s release. Many volleyball teams in Italy and other countries have voice their opposition to Ghoncheh’s arrest and demanded that she be released immediately. The Islamic regime, which initially convicted Ghoncheh to a one-year term in prison, under an international pressure, has now backed down and announced that the final verdict for Ghoncheh’s prison term is yet to be finalised.
Although an international condemnation of Ghoncheh’s imprisonment has been mounting, the UK government has yet to make an effective stance against imprisonment of one of its citizens and to demand her immediate release. Ghoncheh is the second British citizen in prison imprisoned by the Islamic regime. Roya Saberinejad has also been sentenced to 20 years in Shahre Ray notorious prison for siting anti-regime comments on her Facebook page.
The UK Foreign Office, in the face of these ruthless and unjust convictions passed by the Islamic regime, has only made few inadequate and minimal efforts, such as expressing concerns for their situation, without making any serious attempts to pressurise the Islamic regime for their release from prison.
We need to join forces and press the UK Foreign Office and David Cameron’s government to make effective, concerted and serious efforts to force the Islamic regime to free Roya Saberinejad and Ghoncheh Ghavami immediately and unconditionally.
Spokesperson – Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI)
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TO: Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs-UK
I/We, the undersigned, express our concern for the plight of Ghoncheh Ghavami , 25, and Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, 48, two British citizens who are in prison in Iran.
Roya Saberinejad has been in prison since October 2013 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for posting an anti-government comment on Facebook. Goncheh Ghavami, has been in prison since June 2014 and she was arrested while trying to enter the stadium to watch men’s volleyball match.
Goncheh Ghavami and Roya Saberinejad Nobakht are both British citizens and the British government has a duty of care for them.
We request that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to put pressure on the regime in Iran to release Roya Saberinejad Nobakht and Goncheh Ghavami immediately.
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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 Shahre Rey Prison which is an infamous women prison in Iran. She is under immense pressure.
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. Ghoncheh 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. Ghoncheh Ghavami is currently held in Evin prison and has spent 41 days in solitary confinement. She has started a hunger strike since 1st October 2014. Her family is extremely worried about her and there is no sign of her being released.