The East Kurdistan Free Women Society (KJAR) has launched an online petition to demand international human rights organisations take action for the wellbeing of Verishe Moradi, an Iranian Kurdish activist whose whereabouts remain unknown since her arrest in the summer.
Moradi was arrested near Sanandaj (Sine) in the Kurdistan province of Iran on 10 August, while campaigning on behalf of her organisation the KJAR.
The activist’s fate remains unknown “despite relentless efforts by Verishe Moradi’s family and follow-up with the Islamic Republic’s law enforcement and security institutions”, KJAR said in the petition.
KJAR pointed to Iranian intelligence and the revolutionary guard (IRGC) as the ones responsible for Moradi’s disappearance, saying, “We hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for any harm that befalls our esteemed comrade.”
The women’s rights group called on the United Nations and international human rights organisations to “address the security institutions’ fake scenarios deployed against her”.
Meanwhile, campaigns continue for the freedom of fellow Iranian Kurdish activist and lawyer Soheila Hejab, who was arrested in 2019 and placed in the infamous Evin prison, and Narges Mohammadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran” while under arrest in the same prison.
Hejab is among several political prisoners who were denied medical leave despite having serious conditions.
Mohammadi frequently speaks out about the mistreatment of women in the Evin Prison, and continues to campaign against solitary confinement.