Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mention of Esha's Charges in a Press Conference

In a Tuesday press conference, the spokesperson for the Iranian Judiciary, Alireza Jamshidi, confirmed that Esha Momeni is being held in Evin prison and stated that the charge against Esha is "acting against national security." This is the first mention of any charges against Esha and it was brought up in a press conference. Esha Momeni's family have just heard this news through the Iranian media for the first time.

The charge against Esha Momeni is a common charge also brought against several women's rights advocates in the One Million Signatures Campaign, a peaceful equal rights campaign aiming at collecting signatures for a petition addressed to the members of the Iranian Parliament.

Esha, a dual citizen of US and Iran and a student in Art and Communications at Cal-State Northridge, was in Iran working on her Master's thesis. Her thesis included interviews with a few members of the One Million Signatures Campaign. Esha Momeni has not been allowed visits by her family or her lawyer since her arrest on October 15 and she is being held in solitary confinement.


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