Golrokh Ebrahimi Irai Imprisoned for 22 Months for Using Her Imagination

Mrs. Irai was initially imprisoned for 6 years, which was later reduced to 5 years by consolidating her sentences. Then her sentence was reduced to 30 months imprisonment because of Nowruz’s amnesty.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Irai, Human Rights Defender and wife of Arash Sadeghi was arrested on September 6, 2014. In April of 2015, she was sentenced in Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on charges of insulting holy sanctuaries, propaganda against the regime, blasphemy, which was based on an unpublished story criticizing stoning as well as the belief that stoning is sacred. Her sentence was confirmed in Branch 54 of the Appeals Court, but she was not present at this trial.

Amnesty International took up her cause. They stated, “Iranian authorities must immediately repeal the conviction and sentence of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, a writer and human rights activist who is due to begin serving six years in prison on charges including ‘insulting Islamic sanctities’ through the writing of an unpublished story about the horrific practice of stoning.”

Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said, “The charges against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are ludicrous. She is facing years behind bars simply for writing a story, and one which was not even published – she is effectively being punished for using her imagination.” He added, “Instead of imprisoning a young woman for peacefully exercising her human rights by expressing her opposition to stoning, the Iranian authorities should focus on abolishing this punishment, which amounts to torture.”

She was arrested on October 24, 2016, by security forces and was transferred to Evin Prison.

Other charges include her refusal to wear a hijab and promoting others to not wear the hijab, as well as sharing photos with her husband on Facebook, opposition to retaliation order, signing a statement in opposition to the death penalty, participation in gatherings to support political prisoners, and meeting with Political prisoners.

Mrs. Irai once suffered from a severe illness. She was sent to jail without a full medical treatment, and now needs medical treatment.