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Iran has tried to silence activist Bahareh Hedayat by sentencing her to 10 years in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.

Encouraging the participation of women in student groups, promoting gender equality in the law, supporting political reform, opposing human rights violations—and speaking to the foreign media about all of these issues—led to a series of arrests and a lengthy prison term for 33-year-old Iranian women’s rights and student activist Bahareh Hedayat. Bahareh was arrested on December 31, 2009 in the wake of the 2009 presidential election, charged a range of “offences” related to her activism as part of the Campaign for Equality and as a member of Iran’s largest student organization, the Central Committee of the Office for the Consolidation of Unity. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Bahareh is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful expression of her political beliefs. 

In an effort to deter other activists, authorities have regularly housed Bahareh in the harsh conditions of the prison’s “methadone” wing. She is regularly denied visits from her husband, a fellow student activist.Bahareh has suffered a variety of ailments which have been caused or exacerbated by prison conditions.

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