An Iranian appeals court has upheld prison sentences for 11 women’s rights activists, with terms ranging from one year to more than nine years.

The punishments are part of the regime’s crackdown amid the Woman, Life, Freedom protests from September 2022.

The women are Zohreh Dadras (9 1/2-year sentence), Forough Saminia (6 years), Sara Jahani (6 years), Yasmin Hashdari (6 years), Shiva Shahsiah (6 years), Negin Rezaei (6 years), Azadeh Chavoshian (6 years), Zahra Dadras (6 years), Matin Yazdani (6 years), Jelveh Javaheri (1 year), and Houman Taheri (1 year).

The activists were seized by security and intelligence forces in August 2023 in a crackdown ahead of the first anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini, who passed away in police custody after she was detained and reportedly beaten by “morality police” in Tehran.

“Sources close to the activists” said they were subjected to “intense interrogation and physical abuse”, with pressure to confess to “fabricated deeds”.

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ORIGINAL ENTRY, MAY 26: Mashallah Karami (pictured), who campaigned unsuccessfully for clemency for his executed 22-year-old son, has been given a six-year prison sentence.

The elder Karami was condemned by a Revolutionary Court in Karaj near Tehran on charges of illegally organising gatherings and collecting donations. His lawyer Ali Sharifzadeh Ardakani said the verdict has “flaws” and will be appealed.

Mohammad Mehdi Karami was executed in January 2023 amid the nationwide “Woman, Life, Freedom” protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini — seized and reportedly beaten by “morality police” over “inappropriate attire” — in custdoy. He was accused of the killing of a Basij militiaman.

Mashallah Karami posted videos on social media pleading for his son’s life to be spared. After the execution, he posted footage of Mohammad Mehdi’s grave and of relatives and other supporters in mourning.

He has been deta9ined since he was arrested in August 2023.

Relatives of other detainees, including those facing death, and of protester killed by security forces have been harassed, intimidated, and threatened with arrest.

Hadi Ghaemi, director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, summarized:

The sentencing of Mashallah Karami, the father of an executed protester in Iran, to six years in prison is a stark illustration of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ruthless repression against families seeking justice.

Amnesty International reported this week that at least eight detainees remain at risk of execution over participation in the protests. It noted that authorities had “severely violated their fair trial rights and subjected many to torture and other ill-treatment, including beatings, electric shocks and sexual violence”.

Amnesty added that the nine people executed in protest-related cases so far, including Mohammad Mehdi Karami, had all been hanged after “grossly unfair sham trials”.