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Narges Mousavi – WNN Justice

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A candle-lit prayer for Iran June 20, 2009. Image: Steve Rhodes

(WNN) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As the house arrest of 2009 Iran presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh, along with his wife Zahra Rahnavard, continues it reaches 1,000 days as human rights activists inside and outside of Iran continue to ask for justice in the release of the couple.

For many who voted in the Iranian elections in 2009 Mousavi is still considered a strong symbol of Iran’s Green Movement and democracy in the region. Winning by what advocates say was, “A majority vote that was never counted,”  Mousavi is still considered by a large number of people in the region to be the winner of an election that instead kept the ‘status quo’ and former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in office. On August 3, 2013 former President Ahmadinejad, after receiving 4 years of increasing international criticism, was replaced after the 2013 election of Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani.

But even with a new face in Iran’s presidential office that brought hope by some for better conditions for prisoners in Iran, human rights violations continue in the region.

Two people who have been most affected by the house arrest of Houssein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Khameneh are the 2009 candidate’s daughters Zahra and Narges Mousavi.

What you are about to read is a first-hand account written by Mousavi’s daughter Narges after she and her sister went to visit their detained parents in their h0me in late October 2013.

After Narges released her account Iran’s new Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi released a public statement saying, “What could be said about this event is that it is noise from the media.”


On Wednesday October 24th, 2013 we were contacted by security agents who informed us that an exception would be made so we could have lunch with our parents. Of course this luncheon was in lieu of releasing them on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadeer [considered a joyous Shia Muslim religious holiday], particularly given that we are now approaching the 1,000 day mark of their house arrest.

We were told that we would be allowed to spend a total of 2/12 hours with our parents from 11:30am to 2:00pm.

Two female security officers were present during our visit. Their pseudo names are Maryam and Sarah (the legal name of one is Mojgan Nazemi, born in 1983).

One of these two women had shamelessly accosted and affronted father during the time he had been hospitalized, despite the fact that our mother has always treated them with a motherly respect, even going as far as gifting them the customary Eydi gift while under house arrest.

When our visitation hours came to an end this particular female security officer requested that we accompany her to a secure building belonging to the Ministry of Intelligence next to our parents’ house on Akhtar street.

She wanted to conduct a bodily search ensuring that we had not illegally removed any items from our parents’ home while visiting.

Though it was hard to believe at first, the demands of the security officer in question were not only unconventional but also disgusting to say the least. To our utter shock and dismay she even repeatedly insisted that we remove our under garments. Her behavior and the manner in which she treated us was anything but what is customary in Islamic tradition.

After refusing to remove our clothes, she attacked us, slapping both myself and my sister Zahra across the face.

“What could be said about this event is that it is noise from the media. ”When I tried to stop her from hitting us she became even more violent, brutally biting my wrists. She repeatedly attacked us and when we finally called out for the head of the prison guards Mr. Foroughi, he of course apologized, but neither felt the need to explain the reason behind such a brutal and inhumane behavior.

During the entire time we were being attacked, my father was standing behind the iron bars of their kitchen that is to the East of the building belonging to the Ministry of Intelligence and he could hear the loud voices and noise arising from the brutal behavior of the security officers.

Unfortunately my mother also witnessed their violent behavior.

I have a number of pictures that tell the story of this unfortunate and inhumane incident, including pictures of the head of the prison guards which will be made public if necessary.

I ask that you please share this account with everyone.


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