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Jailed Iranian Student Activist 'Moved Out Of Solitary'


Student activist Majid Tavakoli has been in prison since December.

Student activist Majid Tavakoli has been in prison since December.

A jailed Iranian student activist is reported to have been moved out of solitary confinement.

Reformist websites Kaleme and Sahamnews said Majid Tavakoli was moved to a general ward in Tehran's Evin prison this week.

A separate source close to the Tavakoli family also said the detainee had been moved.

Tavakoli was arrested on December 7, 2009, after giving a speech during a protest at Tehran's Amir Kabir University. He was sentenced in January to 8 and 1/2 years in prison.

Last month Tavakoli was awarded the Homo Homini prize, given annually by the Prague-based NGO People in Need, "in recognition of a dedication to the promotion of human rights, democracy, and nonviolent solutions to political conflicts."
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