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Young Iranian Woman Detained for 46 Days Over Tweet

December 4, 2022
1 min read
Parisa Sohrabi was summoned to Tabriz Internet Police on October 1 after she criticized the Islamic Republic on her Twitter account. She was arrested immediately after her arrival at the police station.
Parisa Sohrabi was summoned to Tabriz Internet Police on October 1 after she criticized the Islamic Republic on her Twitter account. She was arrested immediately after her arrival at the police station.

A young Iranian woman has been in detention for the past 46 days in Iran for a single post on Twitter and has been deprived of life-saving medicine, IranWire can report.

Parisa Sohrabi was summoned to Tabriz Internet Police on October 1 after she criticized the Islamic Republic on her Twitter account. She was arrested immediately after her arrival at the police station.

Sohrabi was released after spending a night in a detention center but was summoned again to Tabriz General Prosecutor's Office on October 20. She was arrested once more and transferred to Tabriz Central Prison.

Sohrabi recently had surgery to treat a brain tumour and requires continuous medical attention.

She has been deprived of access to adequate and effective medical care during her detention and her health has worsened, her family has said. The Tabriz Public Prosecutor's Office authorities refused to agree to the family’s request to send Sohrabi to hospital.

Iran has been gripped by protests demanding more freedom and women's rights since the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Tehran’s morality police in September. Amini had been arrested for an alleged breach of the country’s strict dress code.

Iranian security forces have responded to the current wave of protests by unleashing a brutal crackdown that has killed more than 440 people, including dozens of children, according to activists. Thousands of people have also been arrested.

Iranian officials have made baseless claims, blaming “foreign enemies” of the Islamic Republic’s for encouraging the protests.

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