Iran: 18 months imprisonment of actress condemned by NGOs

Pegah Ahangarani, a 24-year-old actress, reformist filmmaker and blogger has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the alleged crime of “action against national security and links to foreign media”.

Pegah Ahangarani

Pegah Ahangarani

Already lionised for her 17 days’ detainment for ‘security charges’ in 2011, the reformist Iranian actor, filmmaker and blogger has now been sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment.

Equity’s International Committee for Artists’ Freedom, which campaigns for freedom of expression and against the persecution of performers and creative workers is appalled by this judgement and calls for the immediate release of Ms Ahangarani.

Artsfreedom‘s insight:

Free Pegah Ahangarani petition to Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, and the European Parliament:

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Pegah Ahangarani was lionised for her 17 days’ detainment for ‘security charges’ in 2011. She was arrested in her flat in July 2011 and was released on bail later same month.

Currently, she is not in detention, as an appeals court must confirm the sentence before it is applied under the Iranian system. Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie meanwhile told the news agency ISNA that Ahangarani was free and “had not been arrested”. But Hekmat said that her daughter has been prevented from leaving Iran for nearly three years.

“We hope with the new climate in the country (following the election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani in June) leads to the reduction of her restrictions and her sentence would be reviewed,” Hekmat said in a letter to the official news agency, IRNA.




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