U.N. body urges release of prominent Iranian rights activist


  • World
  • Thursday, 16 Jun 2016

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations body has called for the immediate release of prominent Iranian women's rights activist Bahareh Hedayat and has expressed concern for her health in a report published on Wednesday by a human rights group.

Until her arrest in 2009 Hedayat had been involved in projects calling for gender equality and had reported on cases of sexual violence against female students at universities. She has spent some of her time at Evin prison in solitary confinement.

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