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Raheleh Ahmadi


Raheleh Ahmadi, is a women’s rights defender who campaigns against mandatory veiling in Iran. Raheleh Ahmadi is also the mother of human rights defender Saba Kord Afshari, who is serving a 15 year sentence for “promoting corruption and prostitution through appearing without a headscarf in public”. In an attempt to further harass Saba Kord Afshari while in prison, the 26 Branch of Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Raheleh Ahmadi to 31 months in prison on 16 December 2019. Raheleh Ahmadi is currently serving her sentence in Evin prison, and had been alongside her daughter until they were separated on 9 December 2020 when Saba was transferred to Qarchak prison.


Human rights defenders and journalists are arrested, detained and prosecuted in unfair trials. HRDs continue to receive death threats and are subjected to harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention.