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Tue Jun 28, 2016, 11:33 AM

 

Canadian jailed in Iran over ‘feminism and security’ issues



Family rejects claims from Iranian media outlets that Homa Hoodfar was ‘fomenting a feminist soft revolution’

A Montreal-based university professor being held in an Iranian jail is being investigated for ‘dabbling in feminism and security matters,’ according to her family. Homa Hoodfar’s niece, Amanda Ghahremani, said the Tehran public prosecutor made a statement to Iranian media on the case on Friday. Ghahremani said the family doesn’t know whether Hoodfar has been charged with a crime.

She said the prosecutor’s statement was the first indication of why the 65-year-old professor has been held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison since her arrest on June 6. “We’re very concerned that we have no news from her, that the family hasn’t been able to see her, that the lawyer hasn’t been able to see her, and we don’t know her mental state, her health, or the conditions of her detention,” Ghahremani told The Canadian Press. She said the family wanted to refute other “baseless” accusations that have circulated in some Iranian media outlets stating her aunt was “fomenting a feminist soft revolution.”

Hoodfar, a professor at Montreal’s Concordia University, was born in Iran but has been living in Montreal for 30 years. Her family said she travelled to Iran in February to see family and conduct academic research. She was initially arrested in March, shortly before she was to return home, but was released on bail.

She was arrested again on June 6 and has not been allowed to contact her family or her lawyer since then, according to her family. Ghahremani said her aunt is foremost an anthropologist whose work focuses on improving the lives of women. She said Hoodfar’s work is not political and the accusations against her are unfounded.

Complete article at http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/canadian-jailed-in-iran-over-feminism-and-security-issues/

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Tue Jun 28, 2016, 11:41 AM

1. Sad. n/t

 

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Tue Jun 28, 2016, 11:47 AM

2. Can't have womenfolk dabbling into witchcra... ehrm... feminism.

I think, the fundies in Iran are slowly losing the battle over the minds of young Iranians. And they know it.

A huge segment of the iranian population is young people. Young people who don't care about the Great Satan America and Khomeini's revolution. Young people who would rather have good jobs and freedoms and enjoy life.

IIRC there is a cultural evolution slowly creeping through Iran: Last year there was a famous documentary about female singers in Iran. And nowadays there is a famous Facebook-project where an iranian woman shows photos of iranian women not wearing the niqab. (*gasp*)

The old Ayatollah's are slowly losing control over their young people and over their women. And it makes them nervous.



Example:
There recently was an incident in Iran where young people had a party and the women did not cover their hair. They were arrested and the women were punished.
In response to that, an iranian intellectual said that he is ashamed for Iran and that he would rather go to Europe as a refugee and start cleaning toilets over there than to continue living under this oppression.

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Tue Jun 28, 2016, 12:03 PM

3. yes, because "dabbling" in feminism is such a threat.

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