Facing 7 years in prison for standing up for women’s rights and against the death penalty
Atena Daemi has been wrongly convicted and badly abused while in prison for her work opposing the death penalty and supporting women’s rights
Atena Daemi is a dedicated defender outspoken advocate who opposes the use of the death penalty and defends the rights of women in Iran. She has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for her peaceful human rights activities. Peacefully advocating for justice and equality is not a crime.
Atena has been kept in horrific conditions; in a jail which is overcrowded and unhygienic. She has been denied access to urgent medical assistance. She has been sexually assaulted by prison guards and has undergone a number of hunger strikes to protest the conditions of her detention. Women human rights defenders are at particular risk of persecution because they defy traditional gender norms by publicly advocating for human rights.