Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Prominent Iranian activist receives suspended sentence

Parvin Ardalan, who was recently barred from leaving Iran to collect a Swedish human rights award for her work promoting women’s rights, has received a two-year suspended jail sentence, Reuters reported Monday. The sentence was announced last week by a branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Court for her role in a gathering by activists in 2007.

It is thought that the detention of female activists in Iran is part of a large-scale crackdown on dissent.

Ardalan has been actively involved in the Change for Equality campaign, which aims to collect one million signatures in support of greater women’s rights. More than 50 activists associated with the campaign have been arrested or threatened over the past 18 months.

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