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Is the State of Iran Afraid of a 13-Year-Old Girl?

Is the State of Iran Afraid of a 13-Year-Old Girl?


Written by Fred Petrossian

Banning people from traveling abroad has been an old practice used by the Iranian state to raise pressure on political and civil society activists for years. However, a security court created a stir recently by banning foreign travel for jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband and their 13-year-old daughter, Mehraveh Khandan. Nasrin Stoudeh has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Ensiloos writes [fa]:

Mehraveh’s father says in his Facebook that even if his daughter, Mehraveh, had committed a crime, she should have been summoned to a court for minors, not to Evin [prison].

Haghemoslamema says [fa]:

We should activate a “campaign for innocent children” to let the whole world know about the Islamic regime [Iranian regime].The blogger asks with irony what is Mehraveh’s crime: Being Nasrin Stoudeh’s daughter, being a 13-year old kid, loving her parents, taking care of her younger brother… in reality only Ali Khamenei knows what crime this girl committed… we should not give up on Mehraveh’s case, if not, all political prisoners’ will be sent to Evin prison.

The blogger also published a photo of Mehraveh with her brother:

Mehraveh Khandan and her brother. Image from

Mehraveh Khandan and her brother. Image from

GreenCity wrote [fa] only on July 8, 2012, that the Head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, Javad Larijani, publicly denied the existence of political prisoners in Iran. Today, Monday 16 July, Mehraveh’s case came to light.

Jomhouriat writes [fa], “my country is proud of this innocent girl whose travel ban shows the [Iranian] Islamic Republic is collapsing.”

It is not the first time Nasrin’s children have highlighted the pain of political prisoners’ families. About a month ago, Iranian social networking site users shared the following video footage of Nasrin Sotoudeh trying to play with her four year old son through a window in a prison visit.

This post was originally published by Global Voices.


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8:01AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Women& young girls should be properly respected & treated legally not by some evil nutty old men with inhuman laws.

8:05AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

wow. just wow

11:47AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Von C.: Fact check. The last Shah of Iran, Rexa Pahlavi, died in exile in Egypt in 1980. BTW, USA stated a coup in 1953 and overturned the democraticly elected PM, because he did something awful: He nationalized the oil corporations and the British and American Governments couldn't stand to see their friends lose their power over a small country with lots of black gold. If United States stopped meddeling in other countries internal affairs, specially when those countries have a democraticly elected Government, the world would be a much better place! Guatemala also had a democratic Government and CIA overtrow it aswell. Chile 1973 is another example.

12:30PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Hello Maria D.,
You can't, because it's written by men, for men.
The reality today is that many men have no respect for women. Not just in the middle east, but around the world.

6:13AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012


2:35PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012


2:22PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Well after all this years, I still can't understand muslims laws.

1:49PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012


12:39PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

David A.
We did nothing to remove the Shah from power, he was shot and killed in his country by the people trying to put the Ayatollah in charge. We liked the Shah, he was one of our best customers of military goods. Don't have to read any revisionist history stories, lived it, my dad was there when it all went down.

10:11AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

No and they could care less about animals.

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