Target:
UN, OHCHR, Navi Pillay, Ban ki-Moon, Ahmed Shaheed, State Department, EU, European Parliament, HRW
Region:
Iran

During the night of October 11, 2014 Nahid Gorji, a resident of Mashhad, Iran was arrested by security forces for being active in social media. She has been transferred to an unknown location.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the security forces went to Nahid Gorji’s house on Saturday, October 11 and after arresting her, investigated the house.

A close source to her told HRANA’s reporter, “The security forces entered the house after midnight in a very harsh manner and arrested Ms Nahid Gorji. After taking her away, they returned to the house and took some of her personal stuff like a personal computer, cell phone and even her camera”.

He continued, “She was taken to Koohsangi court on Sunday morning, but there is no information about the allegations or charges”.

Close sources to Ms. Nahid Gorji believe activities in social media like Facebook, Viber and Whatsapp are the reason for her arrest.


WHEREAS: The arrest and detention of Nahid Gorji are purely the result of her peaceful activities on social media such as Facebook and she is therefore a prisoner of conscience;

AND WHEREAS: The arrest and continued detention of Ms. Gorji for exercising her rights to freedom of expression are ILLEGAL under Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (to which Iran is a signatory) as well as Article 24 of the Iranian Consitution;

THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the international community bring all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY and UNCONDTIONALLY release Nahid Gorji and drop all charges against her.

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