Woman’s arrest in Iran latest display of danger for dual citizens

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Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian professor who researches women in the Muslim world, was recently arrested by Iranian officials, making her the latest in a batch of similar detentions of people holding citizenship with Iran and another country. Though, Iran doesn’t formally recognize dual citizenship.

Hoodfar was detained on March 10 but released, and then forced to remain in Iran. Her family released a statement saying she was arrested again last week and transferred to the notorious Evin prison. They shared that she was in the country “conducting historical and ethnographic research on women’s public role.”

The intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that detained Hoodfar has recently questioned and detained many others who hold dual citizenship. Some see the activity as a deliberate effort by hardliners to pressure dual citizens, whom they often distrust. It’s also viewed as a way to interfere with President Hassan Rouhani’s attempts to revive the Iranian economy by attracting well placed expats.

Read the full story at the New York Times.


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