Iran, 12 years and 9 months in prison for Atena Farghadani for satirical illustration

 
Iran, 12 years and 9 months in prison for Atena Farghadani for satirical illustration

The 28-year-old activist and painter Atena Farghadani was arrested in Iran on 23 August 2014.

Her "crime", in the eyes of the Iranian judiciary, was to depict members of parliament with the heads of different animals.

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Illustration by Atena Farghadani posted on Facebook

These MPs are currently working on a plan to criminalise voluntary sterilisation, as part of a more ambitious project to restrict access to family planning.

She ended up in Evin prison (Tehran) where she spent almost two months, according to her family she was held in solitary confinement for 15 days without the possibility of being able to communicate with a lawyer or her family, she was released on bail on 6 November 2014.

However, on 10 January 2015 she was re-arrested and, according to her family, beaten again before being returned to prison. In December 2014, Atani publicly denounced in a video that she had been beaten by prison guards and interrogated for more than nine hours a day for six weeks.

She is accused of "spreading propaganda against the system", "insulting members of parliament by painting" and "insulting the supreme leader" as well as her interrogators.

Atena started a hunger strike in early February, while receiving support from Amnesty International and other groups and individuals, to demand her transfer from Gharchak prison to Evin prison, as this prison holds most of the people imprisoned for political or ideological reasons. In March/April (?) 2015 he was transferred.

Her trial was scheduled for 19 May 2015.

Atena Farghadani was sentenced by the Tehran Revolutionary Court to 12 years and 9 months imprisonment (although here it is 7 and a half years) for, among other things, publishing a cartoon as a form of protest against the birth control law, which also makes divorce even more difficult.

The illustration, in which Iran's parliamentarians were shown with animal heads, was posted on Farghadani's Facebook page.

Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(ICCPR), to which Iran is a party, states that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. Detention is considered arbitrary when a person is deprived of his or her liberty for exercising the rights and freedoms guaranteed in this covenant.

I have tried to follow the reaction of cartoonists and I have collected 16 cartoons from cartoonists from 10 countries. I did not find any cartoons by Spanish cartoonists. Unless I have not been able to locate them, I think only I drew something. Act.(now it's two cartoons).

It seems that this case is "far away" from us, either the cartoonists haven't had much news about it or it hasn't been considered a hot topic. In any case, I am a bit saddened.

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naricesAmnesty International's Call for Action

naricesOpen letter to the President of Iran calling for the release of Atena Faghadani, from CRNI (Cartoonists Rights Network International)

naricesUpdate 10/06/2015: From The Washington Post, Michael Cavna issues a call for artists in support of Atena Farghadani. And they've called it #Draw4Atena - Gallery

narices 18 June 2015. Gallery with some more vignettes in The Guardian

narices 31 August 2015: Tumbrl to submit vignettes:

narices 11 September 2015: According to this website, citing Amnesty International as a source, Athena has been charged with "indecency" and adultery for shaking hands with her lawyer. Source

Others, such as ABC, cite the British newspaper The Independent as a source. Another piece of information that remains quarantined.

narices 20 January 2016: According to Cartoonists Rights Network International Atena has been acquitted of charges of "indecent behaviour" but her 12-year sentence remains in place.

narices28 March 2016. In March, pro-democracy organisations in Iran reported thatAtena Farghadani 's father and others were beaten by police at a rally/vigil outside Evin Prison in Tehran. Source

naricesRelated vignettes gallery.

kianuosh-freeatena

Author: Kianoush Ramezani, Iranian cartoonist exiled in France

aaron-guile

Author: Aaron Guile. Utah(USA)

cambon

Author: Michel Cambon(France)

terreur

Terreur Graphique, cartoonist of Liberation(France)

maarten-wolterink

Author: Maarten Wolterink(Netherlands)

atena-1

Author: Shahrokh Heidari(Iran)

shahrokh-heidari

Author: Shahrokh Heidari, Iranian cartoonist based in Paris Source: IranWire

free-atena-royaards

Author: Tjeerd Royaards(Netherlands)

sabaaneh

Author: Mohammad Saba'anehh (Palestine) additional info

mana-neyestani

Author: Mana Neyestani (Iran)

comicsusz

Author:@comicsusz(Germany) (?)

atena-2

Author: Badiucao, cartoonist at China Digital Times(China)

atena-bagley

Author: Pat Bagley, cartoonist at The Salt Lake Tribune Utah,(USA)

david-pope

Author: David Pope, cartoonist at The Canberra Times(Australia)

mediacomics

Author: Oksana Vaskiv-Kukul, "Mediacomics" (Ukraine)

ruben-bolling

Author: Ruben Bolling -Twitter - Wk (USA) - published on BoingBoing

lona-de-canva

Author: Michael Cavna. The Washington Post (USA)

tom-racine

Author: Tom Racine - Twitter(USA)

kia-atena

Author: Kianoush Ramezaniiranian cartoonist exiled in France

ed-hall-atena

Author: Ed Hall(USA)

gavin-aung-than

Author: Gavin Aung Than(Australia) See full comic on his website.

parry-atena

Author: Kate Parkinson(Canada)

tim-wilson-2

tim-wilson-1

Author: Tim Wilson(USA)

artley-Atena

Author: Steve Artley (USA)

myths

Author: Myths

streeter-savannahnow

Author: Mark Streeter(USA)

naricesUpdate 14/06/2015: According to the Iranian HRANA ( Human Rights Activists News Agency), Mohammad Moghimi, Atena Farghadani's lawyer, has been arrested and taken to prison from Raja'i Shahr.

For the moment I quarantine the imprisonment until it can be confirmed by more and/or closer sources.

tim-wilson

Author: Tom Wilson(USA)

nana-neyestani

Another allusive cartoon by Mana Neyestani(Iran) on IranWire

saraqaed

Author: Sara Qaed , Barhein, resident in Newcastle(UK)

juanpe

Author: Juan Pedro Benítez(Spain)

brighty

Author: Steve Bright(England)

rowson

Author: Martin Rowson(England)

gianluca-costantini

Author: Giunaluca Constantini(Italy)

franco-bianco

Author: Franco Bianco(Italy)

adene-atena

Author: Anne Derenne, Adene(France/Spain)

naricesUpdate 03/05/2016 Atena is released from prison, coincidentally or not, coinciding with World Press Freedom Day.

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