Published: Tuesday, 26 March 2019 23:01
By Edward Carney
Last week marked the beginning of a new Iranian calendar year. The first day of spring coincides with the holiday Nowruz, meaning “new day” in Persian. Some organizations with an interest in Iranian political affairs and human rights issues recognized the occasion with retrospectives on the prior year or commentaries about what might be expected in the year ahead. Some individuals who are close to these issues did the same, as in the case of civil rights activist and political prisoner Sepideh Gholian, who wrote an open letter from Sepidar Prison discussing her situation in the context of the overall crackdown on protest and dissent in the Islamic Republic.