Iranian Civil Rights Activist Yasaman Aryani Rearrested

Yasaman Aryani - Monireh Arabshahi

Civil rights activist Yasaman Aryani, was arrested for unknown reasons on April 10, 2019 after the state security forces raided her home in Tehran, her mother announced in a video clip posted on social media.

In a short call to her family on the same day Yasaman Aryani informed them that she was detained on a complaint filed by the Guidance Prosecutor’s Office.

The state-security forces on Wednesday raided Yasaman Aryani’s home, arresting her and confiscating her laptop, mobile phone and other personal belongings.

The agents mistreated her father while searching the house.

Reports indicate that Mnireh Arabshahi, Aryani’s mother, was arrested by the state security forces on April 11, after she went to the Vozara detention center to inquire about her daughter.

They are both being held in the Vozara detention center.

Before being arrested Mrs Arabshahi had gone to the flood stricken city of Mamulan in Lorestan Province to provide relief to the flood survivors.
She cut short the trip and got back to Tehran after being aware of her daughter’s arrest.

Beforehand, on April 8, 2019, Aryani revealed she had been suspended and cut from the cast of a play, “Actors’ Studio,” which opened at Malek Theater in Tehran on April 11 without her.

Yasaman Aryani, 23, had been arrested along with some other activists, while attending a protest assembly on August 2, 2018 in front of Daneshjoo (Student) park in Tehran and taken to Qarchak prison.

Right after their arrest, the young detainees posted a message on their experience and calling for help via a cellphone from inside a State Security Force van as they were being taken to jail.

Thousands of enraged protesters poured into the streets of several Iranian cities for several days in early August 2018, protesting the country’s faltering economy, skyrocketing inflation, hardship and hiking prices.

Aryani and four other women were sentenced to spend time in prison on charge of “disrupting the public order” and were transferred to Evin Prison.

After being released from Evin Prison on February 13, 2019, she announced that “being pardoned” was just a show by the regime officials.
Yasaman Aryani had revealed regimes’ crimes against incarcerated women and the prison’s condition.

Aryani is currently awaiting a decision on her appeal against the one-year prison sentence she was issued by Branch 28 of the revolutionary court for taking part in mass protests against Iran’s economic problems in August 2018.