I have great news to share with you: Bahareh Hedayat was released from prison in Iran this past weekend. Above is a photo we just received of Bahareh after her release.
Your letters of support inspired Bahareh to persevere through long days and months in prison. And your signatures - over 130,000 in all - focused the world’s attention on the Iranian government’s treatment of Bahareh and hundreds more political prisoners.
Bahareh was imprisoned for nothing more than peaceful activism for the rights of students and women. She was arrested the day before her wedding in 2008. While in prison in 2011, she was given an extra six months for writing a letter about the conditions of other student activists.
Hundreds more political prisoners in Iran have similar stories. Our Iran Prison Atlas tells Bahareh’s story and documents the cases of nearly 1,000 prisoners: https://ipa.united4iran.org/en/prisoner/811/. We must all help shine a light on these cases and remind the Iranian government that the world is watching.