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Iran: The American Anthropological Association demands the release of Prof Homa Hoodfar

Saturday 11 June 2016, by siawi3

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8 June 2016

The Honorable Dr. Hassan Rouhani
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Pasteur Street, Pasteur Square
Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran
c/o His Excellency Gholam Ali Khoshroo, the Iranian Amabassador to the UN
iran un.int

SUBJECT:
Dr. Homa Hoodfar

Your Excellency:
On behalf of the American Anthropological Association, I write to you to share our concerns about the arrest and treatment of one of our distinguished colleagues, Concordia University Professor Dr. Homa Hoodfar. We believe that accusations leveled against Professor Dr. Hoodfar are unjust and the result of a misunderstanding about anthropological scholarship. We petition you to help resolve this unfortunate situation by doing what is in your authority to see to a dismissal of these unjust accusations before the situation escalates any further. We had wantedto see this unfortunate situation remedied privately and diplomatically, as soon as possible, preventing the need to draw international attention to her unjustified arrest.
However, with Professor Dr. Hoodfar’s second arrest on 5 June 2016, we can no longer keep this expression of concern private.
For the past 25 years, Professor Dr. Hoodfar – a widely recognized anthropologist and admired teacher – has made significant scholarly contributions to build bridges of understanding through Middle Eastern Studies at Concordia. Her scholarship helps increase awareness and appreciation in the West of the cultures of the Middle East, including the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was brought to my attention only recently that in early March, 2016, as she was preparing to leave Iran after a family visit, Professor Dr. Hoodfar was prevented from returning to her teaching responsibilities in Canada.
Authorities arrived at Professor Dr. Hoodfar’s family home in Tehran and confiscated her personal computer, her phone, her passport, and many other items. Since then, she has been subjected to repeated interrogations without the presence of a lawyer. She has also been denied the right to leave the country and, because of a chronic and worsening health condition that requires special medical care, she is suffering great distress.
Since her arrest on 5 June she has been denied visits by her lawyer and family, and she has been deprived of her prescription medication for a minor stroke that she suffered last year.
We respectfully ask for a speedy resolution to this regrettable misunderstanding, and appreciate your time and attention to this matter.
Respectfully,
Dr. Edward Liebow, Executive Director

CC:
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani
Head of the Judiciary
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh
(Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave. (south of Serah-e Jomhouri)
Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info dadgostary-tehran.ir

Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Imam Khomeini Avenue
P.O.Box: 1136914811
Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: Info mfa.gov.ir

Ms. Shahindokht Molaverdi
Vice President for Women and Family Affairs
No. 162, Nejatollahi
Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email:
info women.gov.ir