#FreeBahareh – Imprisoned Student Activist in Iran

Mar 3, 20150 comments

Amnesty International, Impact Iran and United4Iran have created a new petition on behalf of women’s rights and student activist Bahareh Hedayat on change.org. Ms. Hedayat was involved with The Campaign for Equality which had been advocating for equitable treatment of women under Iran’s family laws, and was also a member of the Central Committee of the Office for the Consolidation of Unity, a national student body which has been active in calling for political reform and opposing human rights violations. She was arrested in December 2009 and charged with several “offenses”, including “interviews with foreign media,” “insulting the leader,” “insulting the president,” and “disrupting public order through participating in illegal gatherings.”  She has served more than half of a nearly 10 year sentence now and is eligible for early release. Visit to change.org/p/free-bahareh and sign the petition. You can read more about Bahareh in our political prisoner database. Further, you can listen to a clip of Bahareh singing while on furlough from our Songs of Freedom for Iran project.