The family of Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian-Iranian professor who has been imprisoned in Iran, says it’s been refused all contact with her since her sudden arrest two weeks ago in Tehran. “We have heard she’s been detained in a specific branch of Evin prison … which is under the control of the counterintelligence unit of the Revolutionary Guards,” her niece Amanda Ghahremani told CBC. “Other than that we have no details of her arrest or detention.”
The Concordia University professor of anthropology was visiting friends and conducting research into women in the public sphere when she was arrested on June 6. During an earlier encounter with members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, in March, her computer, phone and passport were seized from her Tehran apartment.
While no official charges have been announced, Ghahremani said conservative Iranian media are reporting that Hoodfar is “fomenting a feminist revolution in Iran.” She added that it appeared President Hassan Rouhani’s office is looking into the case and is not behind the arrest. She blamed instead the Revolutionary Guards, who are opposed to Rouhani’s efforts to open up the country and encourage the return of expatriates. Hoodfar holds Canadian and Iranian passports.
“They’re trying to link my aunt with many other actors to try to create this feminist conspiracy that doesn’t exist,” Ghahremani said. “They’ve even implicated members of Rouhani’s own administration in this — the vice-president of women and family affairs,” she said.
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