BY: Amnesty International Canada
TARGET: Minister of Foreign Affairs
Canadian Professor Homa Hoodfar, a respected academic scholar and researcher on women and the family in the Middle East and the Muslim World, is being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. The government of Canada must urgently intervene to secure her immediate release and safe return to Canada.
Dr. Hoodfar was in Iran visiting family and undertaking some archival research on women’s participation in public life since 1906 when Revolutionary Guards detained her for questioning March 10, 2016. Authorities searched the house, seizing her passport, phone, research papers and computer.
Released on bail, Dr. Hoodfar faced repeated interrogations – all without a lawyer present – until she was arrested on June 6. The reasons for her arrest are unclear, but could involve national security related charges. She has not been granted access to her family or legal counsel, and may be held in solitary confinement. There are serious concerns that while in detention she may not receive the specialized medical care she needs for a neurological condition.
Research is not a crime. No one should be targeted for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association. Amnesty International considers Dr. Hoodfar to be a prisoner of conscience.
Join our call for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Homa Hoodfar.