NCRI Women's Committee Calls for Urgent Action to Free Activist Mother, Shahnaz Akmali
The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a call on international human rights and women's rights organizations, women's rights activists, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, and on the UN Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary Arrests, to undertake urgent and effective measures to free Ms. Shahnaz Akmali, mother of a young man killed by security forces in the 2009 uprising.
Agents of the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) arrested Ms. Akmali at home on January 25, 2017, and transferred her to Ward 209 in Evin Prison.
Ms. Akmali's son, Mostafa Karimbeigi, 26, was shot dead by the regime's revolutionary guards in the uprising on December 27, 2009. The family searched everywhere for two weeks until they found his body in the Coroner's Office of Kahrizak. During this time, the Ministry of Intelligence continuously threatened the family. After they found Mostafa's body, the MOIS agents did not allow them to bury him in Tehran and the family was forced to bury him in a town outside the capital without holding any ceremonies.
Over the past years, Ms. Akmali has demanded prosecution of those responsible for murder of her son. Their family has always been under pressure and threats by the Ministry of Intelligence.
Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 8, 2017