Abdollah Momeni

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Abdollah Momeni is an Iranian student leader and pro-democracy activist. He became involved in the movement in the July 1999 protests, when large numbers of students across the country protested the abolition of pro-reform newspaper Salam. Abdollah Momeni worked as a longtime spokesman of the Alumni Association of Iran (Advar-e Tahkim Vahdat) organization, which focuses on enforcement of democracy and human rights protection.

August 2009 arrest[edit]

He was arrested during protests after the election in June 2009 and later sentenced to eight years in prison for his presence at post-election gatherings and activities against national security. According to witness statements, Momeni was subjected to abusive treatment in prison.[1]

After five years of imprisonment he was released on march 13, 2014.[2]

International attention[edit]

For his efforts in the field of human rights advocacy, Momeni was awarded the 2009 Homo Homini Award by People in Need. He shared the prize with Majid Tavakoli, another student activist leader.[3] Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience and called for his release.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prisoner at risk of torture and ill-treatment: Abdollah Momeni". Amnesty International. 14 September 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "پس از پنج سال حبس ظالمانه؛ عبدالله مومنی آزاد شد" (in Persian). کلمه. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Homo Homini Award went to two arrested Iranian student leaders". People in NEED. 10 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Abdollah Momeni, prisoner of conscience". Amnesty International. Retrieved 18 April 2011.