Two Civil rights activists Ronak Rezaei and Maryam Idrissi Arrested in Iran

The arrests of civil activists, students, and religious minorities continue in Iran. Summoning of
civil activist Maryam Idrissi, detention of Ronak Rezaei on remand for some 50 days in the
Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz, and the arrest and imprisonment of eight Baha’i faith women are
among the latest reported. Maryam Idrissi, a civil activist, arrested in Kazerun.Maryam Idrissi, a
civil activist from Kazerun, Fars Province in southern Iran, was summoned by phone to the city’s
Intelligence Police Department on July 19, 2022. In the Police Department, she learned of a
case opened for her on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “spreading lies.” She
was also interrogated about her activities. Ronak Rezaei detained without standing trial in
Ahvaz Ronak Rezaei remains in detention without standing trial for more than a month after her
arrest. Fifty days past her arrest, she has not yet been granted bail. This situation has alarmed
Ronak Rezaei’s family. Ms. Rezaei had called her family on July 2, 2022, to inform them that
she had been transferred to the Sepidar Prison’s quarantine in Ahvaz.
She is a master’s student of cultural studies at Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabai University. Ronak
Rezaei was arrested in late May during the protests in Abadan over the collapse of the Metropol
Tower, where innocent people got killed.
At least 43 people, including six women, died in the tragic collapse of the Metropol building on
May 23, 2022.
Eight Baha’i faith women arrested and detained The Iranian security forces arrested four Baha’i
faith women in Shiraz on July 19, 2022. Niloofar Hosseini, Behyeh Manavipour, Alhan Hashemi,
and Hanan Hashemi were taken to an unknown location. Their homes were searched by the
security forces who came for their arrest. Haleh Gholami, a Baha’i resident of Tehran, was taken
to Evin Prison to serve her two-year sentence on July 18, 2022, after being summoned by the
Prosecutor’s Office. The Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Haleh Gholami to two years
for “acting against national security.” She was an advocate for ending child labor and supported
the children working on the streets.

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