Iran jails British woman for daring to watch men’s volleyball

Iran jails British woman for daring to watch men’s volleyball

A British-Iranian woman who tried to enter a stadium in Tehran where Iran’s national volleyball men’s team was playing against Italy has been imprisoned for more than two months, the UK’s independent newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Ghoncheh Ghavami was arrested along with several other women on June 20 at Azadi Stadium – which ironically means ‘freedom.’

She was reportedly released in custody, but when she went to collect her belongings days later she was rearrested and transferred to the notorious Ervin prison, where political prisoners are often detained and some even tortured.

Amnesty International said Ghavami “has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since 30 June, largely in solitary confinement without access to her lawyer. She is a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for taking part in a peaceful protest against the ban on women attending Volleyball World League matches in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.”

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