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.

Iranian security forces have taken a woman hostage until her son, a student activist, turns himself in.

Monday, January 15, 2018, security forces raided the residence of Omid Aghdami, a student activist at the University of Tabriz, a poet and a children’s rights activist. They took his mother, Akram Imamgholizadeh, to room 37 of Tabriz's Prison and said they would keep her in detention until her son reports in to the Intelligence Department.

Omid Aghdami is presently in Turkey. His mother suffers from heart complications.

In an open letter, Mr. Aghdami has protested the regime’s security forces’ intimidation of his mother and taking her hostage. In turn, he has threatened to set himself ablaze outside the Iranian embassy in Ankara, if anything happens to his mother. He said this is the second time his mother has been summoned to Tabriz's Prison.

The clerical regime’s Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) takes hostage relatives as a common practice to get a hold of dissident activists.  

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