Prison Sentence for Women Activists, Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli
Thursday 30 December 2010, by
Feminist School:Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli, women activists from Qom, have been summoned by the revolutionary court of their home town to appear in prison on Saturday. They have to serve their terms of six months of imprisonment in addition to paying $200 and $100 respectively. These two activists were both arrested in May 2010 and were charged for their activities for the Campaign for Equality.
While they were expected to be discharged in their appeal, the court of appeal, sadly and surprisingly, convicted them on the charge of "propaganda against the regime."
Until now all previous cases against the women activists have received a favorable judgment in the court of appeal and they all have been discharged. The conviction of these two activists came quite unexpectedly, since their activity has solely concerned women-related issues which have been recognized previously by Islam Republic court as such.