She is a notable Iranian journalist and women rights activist, (see: Seven Who Create New Pathways for Success). Sadr majored in law and political science and hold a master degree from Tehran University (1999). She is also editor in chief of the Web site Women in Iran. Shadi Sadr has been arrested by Revolutionary Guard in March 2007 just before the women’s day. [See: Campaign to Free Women's Rights Defenders in Iran: Three Women's Rights Defenders Remain in Detention]
I am very pleased to inform you that the last of the thirty four women arrested in Tehran on 4th March were released from prison yesterday. (See previous posts for details) Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh were released from Evin Prison but subject to a prohibitively high bail of 200 million Toman each ( approx €190,000). None of the thirty four women have been formally charged but a number of the women have been accused of compromising the security of the state amongst other accusations. Their legal cases remain open. The Iranian authorities have moved to close three human rights NGOs with which some of the women were linked: the Iranian Civil Society Organizations Training and Resource Centre (ICTRC), the Iranian NGO Training Centre (NGO-TC) and the Raahi Institute. (Daniel O Neill, March 22, 2007, full text).
Shadi Sadr – Iran, with her husband
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She writes to His Excellency, Mr. Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran:
“I am sad to say that two months have passed since I learned I am forbidden to travel abroad, and that after repeated requests I have received no straight answer from the Ministry of Information. Therefore, despite my personal desire not to want to bring this case to the public, I have no alternative but to inform you of my situation especially since administratively and legally all the national intelligence agencies, including the Ministry of Information, operate under your auspicious. I would like to know which intelligence agency, and using which reasons, has issued the injunction to prevent me from leaving the country and confiscate my passport? This is important to me because in the past two months I have reached the conclusion that whoever this agency is, not only is it not willing to be accountable before the very same legal levers that justified it to confiscate my passport (without prior written notification), but also it’s now hesitant to come out of closed doors and openly and legally defend its ruling. Let us face it: if there is any basis for this ruling, what is the fear to pronounce it publicly? Without my ability to confront the authority that issued the injunction and to challenge its basis, I am denied my due process to demand justice and defend myself. This case, indeed, is about misuse of the government authority, position and power to deprive a citizen from her right to act as a plaintiff against the rulings of the very government. This right has explicitly been provisioned in Article 173 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran”. (full long text). Same text in farsi.
links in farsi:
jebhemelli.net in farsi, about Human Rights;