Iranian authorities have arrested three family members of Masih Alinejad, a prominent US-based Iranian journalist and activist as retribution for her women’s rights activism, Amnesty International revealed on September 25.
Masih Alinejad is founder of the White Wednesdays campaign against forced veiling laws in Iran, which has gathered widespread support among women and girls in Iran in recent years.
Masih Alinejad’s brother, Alireza Alinejad, and Hadi and Leila Lotfi, brother and sister of her former husband, Max Lotfi, were all arrested on the night of September 24 from their homes in Tehran and the northern city of Babol by officials from the Ministry of Intelligence. Like Masih, Max Lotfi is based abroad and is involved in the White Wednesdays campaign. Hadi Lotfi was released after being interrogated overnight about Masih Alinejad’s and Max Lotfi’s activities. He was told that any contact with her or “her team” is considered a criminal offence. He was also told he is banned from leaving Babol and would be summoned for more questioning.
Read the full article on Amnesty International