Shiva Nazar Ahari, Iranian human rights defender, released from prison
Source: The Committee for Defense of
Political Prisoners in Iran
Shiva Nazar Ahari, a 26-year-old notable Iranian human rights defender, has
been released on a bail of around $500,000 after an ongoing international campaign to bring attention to her case!
Nazar Ahari, former speaker of the student committee for the defense of
political prisoners in Iran
and current speaker of the committee for human rights reporters in Iran,
had been last arrested on December 2009 on her way to the city of Qom.
Shiva Nazar Ahari
Who is Shiva Nazar Ahari?
Shiva Nazar Ahari is a 26-year-old
human rights activist specializing in child labor and the defense of
political prisoners, and a former editor and current spokesperson for the
Committee of Human Rights Reporters. She is also a journalist, blogger, and
member of the
One Million Signatures Campaign and Tara Women's Association. Formerly a
civil engineering graduate student, Ahari
was expelled from university as a result of her
Ahari became involved in human
rights defense in 2002 when she joined the Student Committee for Defense
of Political Prisoners.
In July 2004, while she was chairing this committee and at the height of youth,
Shiva was arrested in front of the United Nations
building in Tehran during
a protest by families of political prisoners.
She was arrested again during the wave of protests that followed Iran's disputed
tenth presidential elections. Intelligence agents
arrested Ahari at her workplace on June 14, 2009.
Shiva's defense attorney,
Shadi Sadr, was arrested a month later on July 17, while headed for
Tehran University to attend the
protests that day at Friday Prayers.
Sadr was beaten by
plainclothes agents, seized without an
arrest warrant, and
to an unknown location.
On July 28, in a call to her family from Evin prison, Shiva said she would be
unable to contact them for some time. After
spending 33 days in solitary
confinement at Evin's Ward 209, she was transferred to a general ward on
August 17. During this time,
she was allowed to contact her family only a few times. In one conversation,
Shiva mentioned that she had filed a request for
visitation with her family; however, she has been granted no visitation rights to
On August 14, the Iran Women's Center wrote on their website that Shiva's family
had not heard from her in 20 days and that security
agents had informed them she was barred from visitation rights because of
serious concern about her well-being.
On September 1, eighty days after her arrest, the Judiciary set Shiva Nazar
Ahari's bail at $500,000, an exorbitant amount her
family did not have the means to pay. Shiva's mother appealed to the
Revolutionary Court to contest the heavy bail. She was told
by Investigator Sobhani, the examining judge for Shiva's case: 'Then let her
remain in prison.'
After repeated visits to this court by the Nazar Ahari family,
on September 16, the Judiciary reduced Shiva's bail to $200,000.
After her family paid this amount, Shiva was released on temporary license
(until her trial) from Evin prison at
9:00 pm on
September 23. But this was not the end of the story.
In the wake of the death of Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, a number of people
attending his funeral were arrested. These arrests,
however, were made before the attendees had reached the dissident cleric's
funeral, on the road to Qom. Shiva Nazar Ahari was
among those arrested.
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