Free Teenage Girl Imprisoned for Online Pics

Target: Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

Goal: Issue pardon to teenage girl jailed for social media activity.

Crushing oppression is alive and well in Iran. A teenager girl has been sentenced to ten years in prison. What was her supposed great crime? Like millions of teenagers around the world, she changed up photos of herself with editing tools and dared to post these images online.

Fatemeh Khishvand, also known as Sahar Tabar, was around 17 or 18 when she began putting pictures of her face with a distorted look on social media platform Instagram. In several photos, for example, she resembled a zombie. For this harmless action akin to putting on a Halloween costume, she was charged with four criminal counts and ultimately convicted of “corrupting youth” and “disrespecting” the nation. To make this case even more egregious, the young woman is believed to have mental illnesses, and she claims she contracted COVID-19 while in jail.

Tabar’s case is unfortunately only the latest in a country with a long history of accused abuses against women. Sign the petition below to demand this girl not pay with the best years of her life, or her very life itself.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Rouhani,

A 19-year-old girl is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence for engaging in social media activity. This activity did not include terrorist threats or pornographic images. The girl, Fatemeh Khishvand, merely posted altered photos of her face online. For this alleged transgression, she received a sentence harsher than that of many murderers and other violent criminals.

Worse yet, this girl may have mental illnesses and COVID exposure. She deserves compassion and mercy, not the most unforgiving environment imaginable. Her case in no way reflects true justice. It instead represents an affront to the very concept.

Murder, rape, theft, torture, putting photographs on the internet: one of these things is not like the other. Please show mercy, correct a grave miscarriage of justice, and pardon Fatemeh Khishvand immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sahar Tabar




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2 Comments

  1. Tell me how this is a crime against the country?!!

  2. Elizabeth Story says:

    This is just ridiculous and so unjust

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