Friday, 17 July 2015

FREE Atena..after nuclear deal in Iran

Atena Farghadani
Petition link : please view Atena's story

On 1 June, Atena Farghadani, a 29-year-old painter and activist, was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison simply because she was seen to be critical of the Iranian regime in her art and in her peaceful activism.
Atena had used her right to freedom of expression to show her dissent at a new government Bill in a cartoon she’d drawn; she associated with the families of political prisoners; she posted anti-government messages on Facebook.
Atena’s peaceful activism led to her arrest in August 2014, a period of detention and release before being rearrested in November.
In June 2015, she was prosecuted by the Iranian state and found guilty of charges including:
  • Gathering and colluding against national security
  • Insulting members of parliament through paintings
  • Spreading propaganda against the system
  • Insulting the President and insulting the Supreme Leader.
Atena’s trial lasted just half a day. The ‘evidence’ against her relied on Atena’s answers under long stretches of interrogation, while she was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer or her family.
Atena is now imprisoned for 12 years and nine months, simply for being seen to be critical of the authorities.

(Extract from Amnesty international)

Welcome back to the world Iran..chill out, lets be civil and release someone who paints and draws

Guardian article

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