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Nasim Soltanbeygi

HRD, Journalist

Nasim Soltanbeygi is a woman human rights defender, and journalist working on women’s rights issue in Iran. Previously, she has been arrested three times previously in 2006 and 2007 and has served one year in prison in 2012-2013 for her human rights work.

Hope for political reform in Iran surfaced when President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in 2013 and dozens of opposition political figures and human rights defenders were released. However, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and movement of HRDs continue to be prevalent.

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. They are refused bail or receive extreme bail conditions. HRDs are additionally subjected to systematic surveillance and their family members are targeted. Journalists have been subjected to flogging for criticising the government.