#Human Rights
UN, Amnesty International, Ban Ki Moon, Navy Pillay

On Wednesday 11 May 2011, Iranian security forces arrested Maryam Bahreman, an Iranian women’s rights and civil society activist in Shiraz. Bahreman is a founding member, and was the general secretary, of the Association of Women of Pars (Anjome Zanan Pars), which was established in 2003.

As a member of this association, she was active in many women's movement activities including the One Million Signature Campaign. Bahreman was also a participant at the 2011 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York in March where she was on a panel about women and ICT.

Maryam Bahreman and her association were also a part of the Coalition of the Women’s Movement for Discussing Women’s Issues in the Election Campaign, which was launched before the 2009 Presidential election. The association used to organise conferences in the occasion of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March as well as the International Day against Violence Against Women. They also published a magazine, 'Forough', for 7 years, which was mainly about women's issues. Anjome Zanan Pars was closed in 2007, but Bahreman continued to meet with women’s rights activists and hold training workshops for university students.

According to reliable information, the security forces appeared at her home at 7:30 am on 11 May 2011 with a detention order and searched her home for three hours. The security forces searched everywhere, even her bedroom, and confiscated her personal items, including her mobile phone, books, and laptop. She was charged with “Actions against National Security”. No one has any information about her whereabouts.

1) We, the undersigned demand the immediate and unconditional release of Maryam Bahreman and to drop all charges against her.

2) We demand for Maryam Bahreman immediate contact to a lawyer and her family.

3) We demand the prison authorities, all government forces, agents, police, and basij to stop the inhumane torture of Iranian citizens in prison in Iran!

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The Immediate Release of Maryam Bahreman petition to UN, Amnesty International, Ban Ki Moon, Navy Pillay was written by Petra Plötz Lommerzheim and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.