Shahnaz Akmali, whose son was killed during a period of unrest following Iran’s 2009 presidential election, has been arrested by the country’s Intelligence Ministry for unknown reasons.
According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, agents raided Akmali’s house and took her to an undisclosed location.
Akmali’s son, Mostafa Karim Beigi, was a victim of the fateful “Ashura protests,” a series of demonstrations against the 2009 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hundreds of protestors were arrested and seven were killed by security forces — Beigi among them. He was shot in the head, but Iranian authorities have refused to conduct an investigation into his killing.
Prior to her arrest, Akmali made numerous attempts to seek retribution for her son in Iran’s courts. She also joined mothers of other victims of political violence to demand justice for their children.
According to the Facebook page My Stealthy Freedom, whose founder Masih Alinejad spoke about Akmali’s plight and how she was advocating for the distraught mother at the 2016 Women in the World Summit in New York, Akmali had shaved her head in solidarity with political prisoners being held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. “My son was shot in the head, in the street of Tehran.
“My son and many other protesters were unarmed and barehanded. They were just peacefully protesting,”Akmali said in an interview with Alinejad for a documentary produced by Manoto TV. “And I have not still been able to answer this moral question: How could they shoot and kill my son? As a mother how [do] they want me to keep silent? From the day that I lost my son till the end of my life I am going to be the voice of my son and crying for justice. I am not scared of anything.”
Watch the full discussion from the New York Summit in the video below and below that watch the full documentary.
این صدای مادرانی بود که در ایران به صورت کامل سانسور شد، بخشی از مستند ۸۸ که پیشتر از تلویزیون منو تو پخش شده بود این بار در کنفرانس زنان در جهان با زیر نویس انگلیسی پخش شد، مادرانی که تن به سکوت و سانسور نداده اندWomen In the world summit and here is the voice of those mothers in Iran who lost their beloved one after the stolen election in 2009. this short video is part of 2 hours documentary about these who were either killed by security forces during the 2009 demonstrations or who later died in prison. 57 victims whose families are willing to speak to the media. The full documentary was aired on Manoto TVEn français / In French:—– Le sommet des Femmes du Monde et voici les mots de ces mères iraniennes qui ont perdu leurs êtres chers après les élections volées de 2009. Cette petite vidéo est extraite d'un documentaire de 2 heures sur ceux qui ont soit été tués par la police pendant les manifestations de 2009 ou qui sont morts après en prison. 57 victimes dont les familles veulent parler à la presse … Manoto TV
Posted by My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Read the full story at the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.