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Iran women’s rights activist beaten in prison

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ImageIran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 26 – An Iranian women's rights activist was beaten by inmates inside a prison in the western province of Kurdistan, Iran Focus has learnt.

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ImageTehran, Iran, May 26 – An Iranian women's rights activist was beaten by inmates inside a prison in the western province of Kurdistan, Iran Focus has learnt.

Ronak Safarzadeh, a 22-year-old student and women's rights activist who was recently sentenced to a 6-year prison term on charges of "acting against national security", was beaten by intelligence operatives inside the prison.

Two of her inmates beat her repeatedly under various pretexts on the orders of Kurdistan's Public Prosecutor, Amjadi, according to Kurdish rights activists.

The Kurdish student was arrested on 9 October 2007 by intelligence ministry agents at her home in Sanandaj and after four months of solitary confinement was transferred to the Central Sanandaj Prison. During interrogations and under torture, her toes were broken. According to activists, she is continuously tortured, insulted and verbally harassed by prison guards and agents.

In January 2009, Safarzadeh was summoned to court and charged with participating in a hunger strike along with other prisoners in October 2008. In April 2009, She was sentenced to six years in prison for her activities against the state.

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