On the evening of September 24, 2019, Iranian Intelligence Ministry agents raided the home of Alireza Alinejad Alinejad—brother of women's rights activist Masih Alinejad—in Tehran. They blindfolded and handcuffed him in front of his two young children, and forcibly dragged him from his home. Alireza received five years jail for "assembly and collusion for action against the country's security," two years for "insulting the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader," and one year behind bars for "propaganda against the regime."
Alireza was targeted only for his connection to Masih, who is an outspoken Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist who launched the My Stealthy Freedom Movement and White Wednesdays campaign in 2014. This campaign peacefully calls on women in Iran and around the world to protest Iran's compulsory dress code by wearing white headscarves every Wednesday or removing them entirely. Although Alireza is not himself involved in any of Masih’s campaigns, he has been held in Iran’ s notorious Evin Prison since his arrest, without access to legal representation or his family, and in direct retaliation for his sister’s brave work. In July 2019, the regime’s head of the Revolutionary Court had himself indicated that Masih would be treated as a “hostile government.” Any interaction whatsoever with Masih is punishable by up to ten years in prison.
HRF submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Alireza Alinejad in October 2019.
Charges: Assembly and collusion for action against the country's security; insulting the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader; propaganda against the regime
Jail Term: 8 years
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