Bahareh Hedayat: Free At Last

September 7, 2016


Iranian student activist and women human rights defender Bahareh Hedayat has been released from prison after serving nearly seven years. 

Endangered Scholars Worldwide welcomes this news with great relief and calls for the protection and security of Hedayat at all times after her release.


Hedayat was arrested on the night of December 31, 2009, by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. She later was sentenced to two years for "insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran"; six months for "insulting the President"; five years for "acting against national security and publishing falsehoods"; as well as an additional two years imprisonment for "holding a protest gathering for women," 


Hedayat was among scores of activists, intellectuals, and reformist figures who were arrested and sentenced to prison during the state crackdown that followed the disputed 2009 reelection of Iran's former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

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