Iranian environmental activist Sam Rajabi returned to Evin prison after completing his furlough leave on March 3, 2023
. Rajabi, a well-known environmentalist, was arrested in September 2022
, along with several other activists, due to their work on environmental issues
. International human rights groups criticized
the arrests and called for the activists’ release
. Rajabi’s sister, Kati Rajabi, confirmed her brother’s return to prison
and expressed concern for his safety.
She also called for the immediate release of all environmental activists detained in Iran.
In recent years,
the Iranian government has cracked down on environmental activists
, leading to the arrest and imprisonment of many.
This has raised concerns about the government’s commitment to protecting the environment and human rights.
The case of Sam Rajabi is just one example of how the Iranian government treats environmental activists.
It highlights the need for increased international attention
on the issue of environmental protection in Iran and the importance of supporting human rights defenders who work to protect the environment.
Another development is the case of Hamid Nikkhah
, an artist from Marivan who was arrested during the 2022 nationwide protests
His case closed following a general amnesty for political prisoners
. Nikkhah and many other prisoners were detained during
the protests have been released.
While this is a positive development,
the Iranian government must do more to protect its citizens’ rights
and respect international human rights standards.
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