Scholars at Risk Network: Canadian-Iranian Professor Arrested in Iran

Scholars at Risk Network
June 9, 2016 - Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned over the arrest and detention of Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who is reportedly being held in Evin Prison, Iran.
Professor Hoodfar, a dual citizen of Canada and Iran who is a professor of social anthropology at Concordia University in Canada, traveled to Iran in February to visit relatives and conduct research. The following month, authorities raided her apartment, confiscated her computer, her passport and her cell phone, and arrested her. She was released on bail shortly thereafter, but was informed that she was not permitted to leave Iran. Over the subsequent two months, she was summoned repeatedly to report to authorities to be interrogated. On Monday, June 6, Dr. Hoodfar was summoned to Evin prison -- a facility known for housing intellectuals, associated with numerous reports of torture -- and was arrested and taken into custody once again. Charges against her have not been made public, but she is reportedly being held on grounds of "co-operating with a foreign state against the Islamic Republic of Iran."
SAR calls for letters, emails and faxes, respectfully urging the appropriate authorities to intervene to ensure Professor Hoodfar’s well-being while in custody, ensure that any charges or convictions related to her peaceful exercise of protected human rights are lifted, and that in the interim, her case is addressed in a manner consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial and detention, in accordance with Iran’s obligations under international law.
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