Afarin Chitsaz is an Iranian journalist who was arrested on November 2nd, 2015, along with many other journalists in the crackdown following the signing of the nuclear deal. In April 2016, she was sentenced to 10 years in jail for “collaborating with foreign governments” and “assembly and collusion against national security.
While in jail, she endureג beatings (with a water bottle) and intense psychological pressure in an effort to force a confession out of her but to this day, she has denied the allegations and there was no hard evidence procured to the court of her “crimes”.
Her mother is desperate for the wellbeing of Afarin: “For six months Afarin was held in a solitary 2-meter by 1.75-meter cell. She was allowed fresh air only twice a day for half an hour in the ward’s courtyard surrounded by walls. In the entire six months she wore the same clothes in which she was arrested. They wouldn’t allow us to give her fresh clothes.”