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British-Iranian law grad student, Ms. Ghoncheh Ghavami who has been imprisoned for trying to watch men’s Volleyball match in Tehran was placed in solitary confinement on Wednesday, November the 5th, for 3 days and then transferred to the Evin prison following a visit by her mother.

Ms. Ghavami was threatened during the first 41 days of her detention and while she was in solitary confinement that she would be transferred to Qarechack-Varamin prison located in central Iran.

Qarechack-Varamin Prison houses some 1200 women. There are also a number of political prisoners kept in deplorable condition in that prison. The prison is compared with the most notorious prisons in the country.

On Monday AFP reported, for instance, that the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) had subjected Iran to sanctions barring it from hosting international events until it revokes its ban on women’s attendance at games in the country. This move came in response to a request for action from Human Rights Watch following the arrest of British-Iranian law graduate Ghoncheh Ghavami after her protest against the ban.

According to Reuters, federation also wrote to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani directly calling for the release of Ghavami, who was recently sentenced to a year in prison on the vague charge of spreading propaganda, after having been held without charge for more than a hundred days. “The FIVB does not normally seek to interfere with laws and cultures of any nation,” the organization said in its letter. “However this sensitive incident merits particular attention.”

Naturally, further actions on Iranian human rights issues come from within the country, even though these are subject to increased pushback from conservative elements in light of the conservative resurgence and the move by legislators to put more power into the hands of civilian militias to identify and suppress social elements that are deemed undesirable.

 

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