Friday, July 17, 2009

Women human rights defender Shadi Sadr arrested in Tehran

17/07/2009: WLUML is deeply concerned to learn that our colleague and friend, Ms. Shadi Sadr, has been arrested by plainclothes officers in Iran. (WLUML Networkers)Online sources, including Iran Emrooz and Twitter, have reported that around 11:30 this morning, Friday 17 July 2009, our colleague and friend, Shadi Sadr, was abducted by a group of unknown men in civilian clothes (probably security forces) while she was walking to the Friday Prayer sermon. Apparently her friends tried to pull her away from her abducters but they were unable to do so. She was forced into a car and taken away.
Ms. Sadr is a human rights lawyer who especially defends the rights of women in Iran. She is also a Council member of WLUML, as well as part of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign and Meydaan.
Friends in Iran report "...the regime has become very brutal over the past weeks, and the numbers of activists, journalists and intellectuals who are under arrest and in jail has increased exponentially. More trouble is expected today at the Friday prayer sermon, which Moussavi will also be attending."Others report that Ms. Sadr was also "hit badly and dragged so badly that her scarf and manteau was removed from her".Her abductors did not show any identity cards or warrants. Her friends and colleagues who witnessed the kidnapping say they tried to intervene but were met with violent force and Sadr was dragged away. They also report of another car (reported as a Mercedes) acting as back up for the Peugeot. As of yet, it is not clear where she has been taken or who has arrested her.17 July 2009 Source: WLUML Networkers ____

From Zara, who was with Shadi when was arrested:
"A few of us were walking among people in Keshavarz Bolvard towards University of Tehran , we were very normal and peacfully were making our ways to the prayers that suddenly a motocycle stop infront of us, a man with an ordinary clothes (not wearing police and not Basij uniform) know as Lebas Shakhsi in Farsi shouted to other two men who were not on motocycle (pointed at Shadi) get that woman... we all were shocked at that moment, shad walked scorted with two men towards a car parked near us, I screamed "shadi.. who are these people and wehere they take you..". other friends asked them" show us your IDs and tell us where do you take her", they answered;" no question, you go, we want her". we struggled to take her out of the car , I opened the door and took Shadi's hand she was trying to get out of the car, a man who was sittin in the back was holding her Shadi screamed two of us were trying to help her but a man from behind her was pulling her until her Mantou was taken off and she ran, then a man from the front attacked on her head, her scarf fall down, she ran to the street with no Mantou and scarf screaming, I was behind her screaming{people were watching us} then a man with a wire/cable started beating and pushing her and picked her up and brutally put her to the car.. another car( Black Benz) came to open the way for that car in which they had Shadi in it to move..."

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