DUBAI: Iranian-German women’s rights activist Nahid Taghavi was arrested in her Tehran home on Oct. 16 and has since been inaccessible to family members and lawyers, her daughter Mariam Claren has spoken out.
Claren has posted on social media that she has not received information from Iranian authorities on her mother’s state, US-funded media Radio Farda reported.
“No sign of life from my mother for 7 days! I demand clarification, I demand intervention, I demand her release! #FreeNahid,” Claren tweeted.
Claren also told Radio Farda that her uncles were unable to deliver medicine to her mother in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison and the lawyer was also unable to meet with her.
The Iranian born architect has lived in Cologne since 1983 and gained German citizenship in 2003. She has been moving between Tehran and Germany without any problem for the previous 15 years.
Claren has reached out to the German embassy in Iran to inform them about her mother’s arrest.
The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) said Taghavi was being held in solitary confinement at Evin prison, the report added.
“The Islamic Republic pursues political goals with the imprisonment of persons with dual nationalities – they are thus a political bargaining chip for the regime,” ISHR spokesman Martin Lessenthin said in a statement quoted by Radio Farda.