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Iran: Women's rights defenders defy repression: Sussan Tahmasebi

, Index number: MDE 13/022/2008

Sussan Tahmasebi is facing imprisonment for her part in organizing a demonstration in June 2006 that called for an end to legal discrimination against women in Iran. In April 2007 she was convicted of acting against national security and remains free pending her appeal. She was among 33 women arrested on 4 March 2007 and charged with colluding with the intent to harm national security but subsequently acquitted of this in January 2008. This case sheet calls for the overturning of her sentence and dropping of all charges against her; for an end to her harassment by security forces; and for a review of the discriminatory legislation.

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