Help us free Shiva Nazar Ahari from prison in Iran



Date before her court: 2 September 2010


August 26, 2010 - Shiva Nazar Ahari, a 26-year-old Iranian citizen and human rights defender is illegally detained in one of the world's most notorious prisons for defending the rights of others. Her trial is set for September 4, 2010. She is charged with conspiracy, collusion and most worryingly the charge of Moharebeh (waging war against God), an offence with the maximum penalty of death.

Since 2004 she has been sent to Tehran's Evin prison on three separate occasions and spent long periods of her detention in solitary confinement. Her last arrest was on December 20, 2009 and Shiva has lived in a state of limbo for most of her long detention because until June 2010 the Judiciary failed to provide any answers or specifics on her charges

A group of activists and human rights defenders have united to launch a global campaign that focuses on shedding light on the illegal detention of Shiva Nazar Ahari. The main message of the Campaign is simple: Release Shiva from prison immediately and unconditionally. The Campaign utilizes various communication methods to take Shiva's story on an international level. Thousands of supporters have already sent letters to the United Nations, Iranian embassies, and the media to urge all organizations to take action for Shiva Nazar Ahari. As a next step supporters around the world are urged to participate in the campaign from their home or office by submitting a video message or picture of support. Also, world renowned human rights and non-partisan organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders have taken a firm stance against Shiva's imprisonment and demanded her immediate release.

The Campaign views any charges against Shiva's humanitarian activities as false. Shiva is a freedom-loving person whose activism work has always consisted of defending the rights of forgotten or abused Iranian citizens. On August 2 and 3, 2010 human rights supporters will gather outside Islamic Republic Embassies and wear Shiva Nazar Ahari face masks to demonstrate their solidarity with her.

Confirmed Cities so far: London, Paris, Berlin, Washington, Toronto

Other locations and times will be updated on the Campaign's website


Further information (English)

USA: Parvaneh

Canada: Maryam

Europe: Roya


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