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03/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Iran: Arrested Women's Rights Activist Begins Prison Term

On June 12, 2006, 70 Iranian women's rights activists were arrested for helping to organize a peaceful protest demanding the revision of discriminatory laws against women in Iran. Those arrested continue to be summoned, charged, arrested and sentenced for peaceful activism.

Alieh Eghdam Doust will begin serving out a three year prison term on Monday. She is the first protestor to serve a jail sentence. Many of the 14 women arrested in 2006 have been sentenced but their cases are under appeal or have been suspended.

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