Another Kurdish female activist is arrested in Iran


Reports from AKI and independent Kurdish media sources highlight the arrest of another Kurdish female activist in Iran.

Iran: Kurdish feminist arrested

Tehran, 7 Oct. (AKI) – Kurdish feminist and journalist, Neghin Sheikholeslami, has been arrested and detained in the capital Tehran’s notorious Evin prison (photo).

Sheikholeslami is the fourth Kurdish female activist to be imprisoned in Iran. No charges have yet been made against her.

She is one of the founders of the Azar Mehr feminist association, which is especially active in Iranian Kurdistan in northwest Iran.

Iran: Kurdish women activist detained incommunicado

London ( 07 October 2008: A Kurdish women activist has been arrested in Iran, according to the Iranian Human Rights Organisation.

Nigin Shekhul-Islami [also spelled Neghin Sheikholeslami] was arrested by the Iranian Ettelaat, i.e. the intelligence services, in the capital Tehran and her whereabouts is unknown. The reason for her arrest is not made public. Shekhul-Islami was the coordinator of the women council for the cultural and social affairs of Nazermiri in Kurdistan. Shekhul-Islami has written a number of high profile articles about the situation of Iranian and Kurdish women.

Nigin Shekhul-Islami arrest comes about while the Kurdish prisoners of conscious are on hanger strike in Iranian prisons and Iran is under pressure internationally to improve its human rights record.

Shekhul-Islami is a prominent and influential religious and social Kurdish clan of Sunni faith.