Fereshteh Halimi, the wife of human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, was released on August 7th. Her brother and father, both of whom had been arrested, had been released by August 3rd. They were arrested to pressure Mohammad Mostafaei to turn himself in; he has now left Iran for Norway.
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Iran: Journalist held incommunicado (UA 189/14)
Iranian journalist Saba Azarpeik has been detained in solitary confinement without access to her lawyer and family. Her whereabouts are unknown, sparking fears that she may be at risk ill-treatment.
The participation of Afghan women in shaping their country’s future and engaging as equal partners will help improve and secure their political status, security, economic and social well-being, and uphold their human rights.