Gianluca Costantini
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Mariam Claren, daughter of Nahid Taghavi

Temporary Release Granted to German-Iranian Citizen Detained in Iran

In a significant development, Nahid Taghavi, a German-Iranian citizen who was arrested in Iran in 2020, has been granted a temporary release. However, this release comes with a condition – Taghavi must wear an electronic ankle monitor, as confirmed by her daughter.

Taghavi’s daughter, Mariam Claren, took to social media to share the news, expressing her relief at her mother’s temporary release but highlighting the restrictive conditions imposed. Claren revealed that Taghavi, now in her late sixties, had been detained in Tehran solely for peacefully exercising her human rights, according to Amnesty International.

The case gained international attention when, in August 2021, Iran’s Revolutionary Court convicted Taghavi of national security-related charges, which she vehemently denied. She was sentenced to a lengthy prison term of 10 years and eight months, Amnesty reported. Taghavi’s lawyer, Mostafa Nili, disclosed that she was convicted alongside a British-Iranian citizen, Mehran Raouf, on charges related to managing an illegal group and propaganda against the regime.

This release marks a significant development in a case that has raised concerns about human rights violations in Iran. Human Rights Watch has previously accused Iranian authorities of targeting foreign and dual nationals with vague charges to exert leverage over other countries.

Taghavi’s release, albeit temporary, comes amid growing concerns about her health. Amnesty has warned that Taghavi, who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, faces an increased risk of severe illness or death if she were to contract Covid-19.

Fellow inmates at Tehran’s Evin prison, including Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, have voiced concerns about Taghavi’s well-being. Mohammadi warned on social media that Taghavi’s life was in danger due to her deteriorating health conditions.

While Taghavi’s release is a positive development, her movements will be restricted to within 1,000 meters of her apartment in Tehran, effectively placing her under house arrest. Claren emphasized that while they welcome the temporary release, they hope it is a step towards her unconditional freedom.

Germany’s senior diplomat, Ambassador Christian Buck, welcomed Taghavi’s release, attributing it to medical grounds. Buck reiterated Germany’s commitment to working tirelessly to ensure Taghavi’s eventual reunion with her family.

Taghavi’s case underscores the challenges faced by individuals detained in foreign countries and highlights the importance of international efforts to safeguard human rights and promote justice globally. As Taghavi’s journey continues, the world watches closely, hoping for a resolution that upholds the principles of justice and dignity for all.

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