Nazar Ahari, a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), has been in jail since December 2009. She was also arrested in June 2009 and released on a $200,000 bail in September.
In a note posted on the “Kalame” website, Zahra Rahnavard, the wife of opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, has expressed concern over Nazar Ahari’s plight:
Rahnavard, who is a university professor and a sculptor, rejects the charges Nazar Ahari is facing (including Moharebeh but also propaganda against the Iranian establishment) and says that she knows her personally from the time she was banned from classes for her activism.
I know our dear Shiva since the time she preferred human rights over other rights. She could have become the best student in engineering, instead she became the best student in the university of justice and freedom.
Rahnavard writes that Nazar Ahari was the first person to make public human rights abuses at the Kahrizak detention center where at least three detainees died as a result of torture. Many detainees said they were beaten up and raped.
Bloggers and Nazar Ahari’s colleagues and friends have also expressed support for her by writing about her work. Nazar Ahari’s colleague, Sepideh Pouraghayi, writes that despite threats and pressure Nazar Ahari never gave up on her activism.
Here is a link to a documentary about Shiva Nazar Ahari produced by Mahboubeh Abbasgholinejad (in Persian).
-- Golnaz Esfandiari