Farnoush Esmi, an 18-year-old blogger arrested during protests

Fate Of Two Teenage Girls Unknown After Arrest During Iran Protests

Wednesday, 12/07/2022

Reports from Iran say two teenage girls who were arrested in the cities of Hamadan and Shiraz amid the ongoing protests face uncertainty in Iran’s prison system.

The US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) announced Tuesday that Farnoush Esmi, an 18-year-old blogger from Hamadan in Iran’s west, was transferred to Evin prison in Tehran two weeks after her arrest, but there is no further news.

Reports on social media indicate the family of this teenager had refused to publish the news of her arrest during the last two weeks under security pressures.

Parya Faramarzi, a 16-year-old teenager from Pasargad in southern Fars province is also in Adelabad prison in Shiraz two months after arrest October 11 during a raid by security agents on her home. Reports say she has been taken to hospital twice during this period. Activists on twitter say she has suffered “eye stroke” twice due to interrogations.

Since the beginning of the protests after Mahsa Amini's death in the custody of ‘hijab police’, many protesting students and teenagers have been apprehended and interrogated. Some were found dead after security forces arrested them in the streets, or shot during demonstrations.

Female prisoners are reportedly threatened with rape in Iran prisons. Detainee have told activists that some protest prisoners are kept with criminals, and they have been sexually abused by them.

Over 18,000 people have been arrested during the recent protests. However, the Iranian regime denies providing any official information about the number of detainees.

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