Human Rights Watch volunteer arrested in Tehran

Subject: Esha Momeni

Esha Momeni, women’s rights advocate and Campaign’s volunteer from California was arrested on Wednesday October 15, 2008, while on a visit to Tehran.

Momeni who is a photographer and graduate student was arrested in an unusual and illegal manner after being pulled over on Moddaress highway, by individuals who identified themselves as under cover traffic police on the pretense that she had unlawfully passed another vehicle while driving.

Esha was arrested and taken to Section 209 of Evin Prison, managed by the Intelligence and Security Ministry.

Esha Momeni is a graduate student at the School of Communications, Media and Arts at California State University, Northridge. Esha had come to Iran two months ago to visit with her family and to work on her Masters thesis project, focused on the Iranian women’s movement.

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Information sent by Gustave Goose Bizimana for Human Rights Watch group.

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