Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, born in 1980, is an Iranian writer, human rights activist, political prisoner and wife of political prisoner Arash Sadeghi. Currently, she is spending her 3.7 years imprisonment based on charges such as “propaganda against the state” and “insulting the sacred” at the Gharchak prison in Varamin, near Tehran.

Earlier, she was arrested several times and has served in prison based on absurd allegations. One of her charges was writing an unpublished short story against stoning of women in Iran in her diary.

Her first arrest was in 2014 along with her husband, Arash Sadeghi, at their home. Security forces searched their belongings and took many of them, including their laptops, CDs and photo albums. They were then transferred to different prisons and were under long interrogations and torture. Finally, after two hearings where she was prohibited from having her own lawyer, the court sentenced her to six years imprisonment.

In 2017, Arash Sadeghi, golrokh’s husband, went on a hunger strike and demanded Golrokh’s release who needed an urgent surgery. Finally, after 72 days hunger strike and several international campaigns, Golrokh was set free from prison to get medical treatments. However, three weeks later, she was arrested again when she was heading to a hospital where her husband was admitted. She spent 3.5 years in prison and release on bail in April 2019.

On June 2019, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran examined a new case filed against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi for their protest while in detention to the executions of three Kurdish dissidents. A Judge sentenced Daemi and Iraee to 3.7 years in prison for “insulting the supreme leader” (2.1 years) and “propaganda against the state” (1.6 years).

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was re-arrested Saturday November 9, by 10 male security forces in her Tehran home. At the time, she was campaigning for Arash’s release and his much needed medical treatment on Twitter.

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