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House raid and judicial harassment of woman human rights defender Maryam Karimbeigi

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House Raided & Summoned
About the situation

On 21 February 2022, Iranian security officials raided the house of woman human rights defender Maryam Karimbeigi looking for the woman human rights defender, while she was absent. The security officials, who had in their possession a search and an arrest warrant, left a court summons, according to which Maryam Karimibeigi should be present at Shahid Moqadas (Amniat) Court, Branch 33 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, within five days. The nature of charges against Maryam Karimbeigi is still unknown.

About the HRD

Maryam Karimibeigi is a woman human rights defender who since 2009 has peacefully sought justice for the killing of peaceful protesters in Iran. She is the sister of the well-known Moustafa Karimbeigi, a 26-year-old protester who was shot and killed by Iranian security forces in 2009 during the widespread protests against Iran’s presidential election results. Maryam Karimbeigi has been advocating for the rights of political prisoners, against the use of solitary confinement and other abusive treatment and precarious conditions of prisoners in Iran. Together with her mother Shahnaz Akmali, they have made numerous attempts to seek justice for Moustafa Karimbeigi and other victims of protests in Iran, resulting in repeated threats by the Iranian government against the family.

12 April 2022
Maryam Karimbeigi threatened to be expelled from university

On 10 April 2022, woman human rights defender Maryam Karimbeigi was told via a telephone call by the security department of her university, that she has been expelled from her studies at the Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran where she is currently pursuing a masters degree in sociology. The woman human rights defender has been summoned to the university’s security office on 13 April 2022 to receive the explanation as to why she has been expelled.

The woman human rights defender has gone through a series of interrogations in connection with her numerous attempts to seek justice for her brother, Moustafa Karimbeigi, and other peaceful protesters who were killed in Iran. Maryam Karimbeigi and her family have been repeatedly threatened by the Iranian government in this connection. During the latest interrogation, the woman human rights defender was threatened to be expelled from her studies.

In late February 2022, Maryam Karimbeigi’s house was raided by security officials who were looking for her while she was absent. During the raid, three mobile phones and two laptops containing her masters thesis were confiscated, together with a memorial table with pictures of peaceful protesters who were killed in Iran since 2009.

24 February 2022
House raid and judicial harassment of woman human rights defender Maryam Karimbeigi

On 21 February 2022, Iranian security officials raided the house of woman human rights defender Maryam Karimbeigi looking for the woman human rights defender, while she was absent. The security officials, who had in their possession a search and an arrest warrant, left a court summons, according to which Maryam Karimibeigi should be present at Shahid Moqadas (Amniat) Court, Branch 33 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, within five days. The nature of charges against Maryam Karimbeigi is still unknown.

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Maryam Karimibeigi is a woman human rights defender who since 2009 has peacefully sought justice for the killing of peaceful protesters in Iran. She is the sister of the well-known Moustafa Karimbeigi, a 26-year-old protester who was shot and killed by Iranian security forces in 2009 during the widespread protests against Iran’s presidential election results. Maryam Karimbeigi has been advocating for the rights of political prisoners, against the use of solitary confinement and other abusive treatment and precarious conditions of prisoners in Iran. Together with her mother Shahnaz Akmali, they have made numerous attempts to seek justice for Moustafa Karimbeigi and other victims of protests in Iran, resulting in repeated threats by the Iranian government against the family.

On 21 February 2022, the house of woman human rights defender Maryam Karimbeigi was raided by security officials looking for the woman human rights defender, while she was absent. During the raid three mobile phones, two laptops, books and a memorial table with pictures of the victims of protests since 2009 were confiscated. The security agents left a court summons, according to which Maryam Karimibeigi should show up in front of Shahid Moqadas (Amniat) Court, Branch 33 of Tehran Revolutionary Court within five days. The nature of charges against Maryam Karimbeigi is still unknown.

This is not the first time that Maryam Karimbigi and her family have been targeted due to their involvement in seeking justice and campaigning in Iran. Maryam Karimbeigi has not been able to work since she was terminated from the Iranian Chamber of Guilds in 2015 because of her human rights work. Additionally, in September 2019, Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of the woman human rights defenders was sentenced by the Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court to one year in prison on the charge of “propaganda against state” on account of her peaceful activities as a member of the Mothers of Laleh Park, a group of grieving mothers seeking justice for the victims of political violence.

Front Line Defenders is deeply concerned about the on-going harassment against Maryam Karimbeigi. It believes the woman human rights defender and her family are being targeted as a result of their legitimate and peaceful human rights work in defence of prisoners’ rights and of victims of protests in Iran.