NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

Amnesty international issued an Urgent Action statement on May 23, 2017, on the health condition of political prisoner Atena Daemi. AI reiterated that her condition has sharply deteriorated.

In part of its statement, AI wrote, “The health of Iranian women’s rights activist, Atena Daemi, has sharply deteriorated. After 46 days on hunger strike, she is critically ill and her body has started rejecting water. Despite doctors’ warnings, the authorities are still refusing to transfer her to a hospital outside prison for specialist medical care...

“Atena Daemi has been on hunger strike since 8 April. According to her family, she has been coughing up blood and has experienced nausea, vomiting, kidney pain, severe weight loss, and blood pressure fluctuations... Despite earlier warnings from hospital doctors, the authorities continue to refuse Atena Daemi’s transfer to a hospital outside prison for medical treatment…

“Atena Daemi, who has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her peaceful human rights activities, began her hunger strike in protest at the suspended prison sentences imposed on her sisters Hanieh and Ensieh for ‘insulting public officers on duty.’ On 13 March, a criminal court in Tehran sentenced Atena Daemi and her sisters to three months and one day in prison… All three sisters are due to appear before Branch 48 of the Court of Appeal in Tehran on 27 May.”

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