Six month sentences for Cyber Activists

Four women activists, including award winning Parvin Ardalan, have been given six month sentences by a court in Tehran. Their crime was publishing articles online, directly challenging the discriminatory laws against women across Iran.

After their magazines were censored the four women were forced to publish their articles online, only to face further recriminations. They found themselves charged with “publishing information against the Government”, under article 500 of the Islamic criminal code.

This situation reflects an ever worsening human rights crisis in Iran. Nobel Laureate Lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, who is representing the women, voiced her concerns over the recent arrests stating “If parliament ratifies the new law increasing sentences for crimes against society’s moral security, bloggers could get prison sentences.”

Once again Iran is extending its suffocating arm, threatening to strangle any freedom of thought, even in cyberspace.

Parvin Ardalan
Parvin Ardalan

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