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Iran: The burnt corpse of a female demonstrator found after a month in captivity

NCRI Women’s Committee calls for release of Taraneh MousaviNCRI – The burnt corpse of Taraneh Mousavi, a 28-year-old woman who was arrested during a demonstration a month ago, was found yesterday between Karaj and Qazvin, west of Tehran.

The regime’s henchmen have threatened Taraneh’s family not to hold a funeral ceremony for her and not to tell anyone the way she was killed.

Taraneh was arrested by the suppressive forces in Tehran’s Shariati Street and was immediately taken to one of the secret torture center known as “Safe houses.” Two weeks after her arrest, an unidentified person called her mother and told her that Taraneh’s corpse was in a hospital in Karaj but the hospital authorities denied it. Only one employee at the hospital said that the plainclothes agents brought in a woman with similar description to those of Taraneh while she was unconscious and she was taken away from there in the same state.

Ms. Sarvnaz Chitsaz, Chair of the NCRI’s Women’s Committee condemned the heinous crime and reiterated that this was not the first time that the regime’s torturers, after raping women prisoners or brutally torturing them, try to conceal their crimes and cover up the signs of torture by destroying the corpse in this horrendous manner. In some cases they refuse to hand over the corpses to their families. Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist is another such example.

Ms. Chitsaz once again calls on all human rights organizations and personalities and particularly the Special Rapporteur on Violence against women to take measures against the regime’s crimes on women. She also calls on all human rights defenders to urge their governments to suspend diplomatic relations with mullahs’ misogynist regime.

Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 17, 2009