UPDATE Sept.3, 2016 : Dr. Homa Hoodfar has been hospitalized in Iran and family members are seriously concerned about her health.
Amnesty International (Canada) issued an urgent appeal for action. In a press statement, Alex Neve (Secretary General of Amnesty Canada) said, “The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release prisoner of conscience Dr. Homa Hoodfar, whose continued detention in the notorious Evin prison is not only illegal, but is now also seriously affecting her health and placing her in grave danger.”
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In June, Iranian authorities arrested 65-year-old Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian professor of anthropology who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. A Canadian-Iranian dual citizen, Homa was travelling and doing research in Iran since February.
In March, a day before she was due to leave for London, Revolutionary Guards raided her apartment and confiscated her passports. Since that raid, she has been repeatedly interrogated, but this is the first time she has been placed under arrest.
Global Affairs Canada has stated that they are aware of Hoodfar’s arrest. “Consular officials and Minister Dion have met with Dr Hoodfar’s family, and remain in close contact with them,” a spokesperson said. “We are working closely with our likeminded allies in order to best assist Dr Hoodfar.”
Iran has accused Homa of "co-operating with a foreign state against the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Family members have confirmed that Homa is being held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. Human rights organizations, academics and activists have spoken out in support of Professor Hoodfar.
“We are extremely worried for her health,” Hoodfar’s sister said to the Guardian. “She suffers from a rare neurological illness; she often has very bad headaches.” Hoodfar does not have any immediate family in Iran and the Canadian embassy remains closed.
(Sources: The Guardian and CBC News)
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