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Professor jailed in Iran for ‘fomenting a feminist revolution’ suffers health crisis

September 1, 2016

A retired college professor with both Canadian and Iranian citizenship who has been locked up in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons was hospitalized amid failing health, her family said. Homa Hoodfar was abruptly arrested in Tehran in early June while visiting friends and conducting research on women’s involvement in Iranian elections. Earlier this year, Hoodfar had a run-in with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Her computer, phone and passport were seized at the time.

Her arrest remained somewhat of a mystery for a while after she was detained. Local media originally reported she’d been taken into custody for “fomenting a feminist revolution.” Eventually, Hoodfar was charged with collaborating with a hostile government and propaganda against the state. Her family says the charges are “trumped up” and they are now worried about her health. They say she suffers from a serious neurological condition, for which she hasn’t been receiving any treatment while incarcerated in Evin prison. The 65-year-old, family members say, has been holed up in solitary confinement for much of her time there. In a statement to The Huffington Post, the family said Hoodfar “was very disoriented, severely weakened, and could hardly walk or talk.” She was finally admitted to a hospital, but the family has had little contact with her and they say Hoodfar has had only limited access to her lawyer. Iran does not recognize her dual citizenship and Canada has no formal diplomatic ties with the country. Amnesty International has been advocating for her release.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.


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