is once more apprehended and jailed
Ms Negin Sheikh Al-Eslami Vatani has in advance to the latest apprehension, been arrested on two prior occasions. Back in January 2001, as a part of a group with protest permits, she was arrested while protesting outside of the office of the emissary of the United Nations in Tehran; she was released after two months incarceration.
In January 2002 on the causes of her numerous activities, she was arrested yet again and was released first after three months.
In recent times, Ms Negin Sheikh Al-Eslami Vatani was abducted by the security forces on the 5th of October and was relocated to the ill-famed, 209 section of Evin Prison in Tehran. Section 209 is known by most for its political prisoners (Islamic government of Iran denies having any). It is run by Iran’s various security services, e.g. The Intelligence agency and it houses prisoners who have somehow fallen afoul of some branch of Iran’s government or its religious authorities. To anyone but the Iranian government, they would be known as political prisoners. Inmates face cruel conditions, including a form of solitary confinement known as the “white torture” (the lights of the windowless, empty cell are constantly left on, for months at a time). Iran’s “non-existing” political prisoners have worked hard towards Political freedom, equality for women and Human rights.
Ms Negin Sheikh Al-Eslami Vatani had undergone a heart blood vessel surgery less than a month before her imprisonment and is still convalescing from that. Adjacent to that she also has asthma and should be under strict specialist observation. Even before her last arrestment she was in a bad physical shape. The authorities have not yet disclosed a reason behind Ms Negin Sheikh Al-Eslami Vatani’s arrest.
She was born on 16th of December 1973 in Sanandaj and holds a BA in Literature from the free university of Sanandaj and a MA in Journalistic from the University of Alame Tabayi
Amongst Ms Negin Sheikh Al-Eslami Vatani numerous activities, these are significant for mentioning; she is a renowned human rights activist, a journalist. She is the former president of Cultural and Social Association of Women of Azarmehr in Kurdistan, as well as a women’s rights activist and a key figure in the One million signature campaign. She has done several researches on the problems of Kurdish women, especially female circumcision and women whom set themselves on fire. She was also on the verge of publishing a book in relations to the movement of Kurdish women, before her incarceration. Regarding her journalistic activities, it’s worth mentioning her close co-operation with a weekly magazine named “Rasan” that specialized on Kurdish women.
Ms Negin Sheikh Al-Eslami Vatani was also amongst the brave ones whom on a solid basis reported about the horrid situation in Iran to various international media and was amongst others interviewed by Radio Farda and Voice Of America. She told of the women’s situation, the one million signature movement and the human right situation in Kurdistan.
Ms Negin Sheikh Al-Eslami Vatani was a member of human rights association of Kurdistan, she collaborated widely with the majority of human right activists in Iran, individually she reported on the state of affairs in Kurdistan.
Links to her previous works has been attached below:
By the agreement of Ms. Negin Sheikh Al-aslami Vatani’s family, some more of her material, articles, research and interviews will be made available.