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Sentenced to Prison for Writing an Unpublished Story

In August 2015 Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was sentenced to six years in prison on charges including “insulting Islamic sanctities” for writing a fictional story about the horrific practice of stoning. One charge, for which Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee received five years in prison, was imposed primarily in response to an unpublished fictional story that she had written. The story describes the emotional reaction of a young woman who watches the film The Stoning of Soraya M. – which tells the true story of a young woman stoned to death for adultery – and becomes so enraged that she burns a copy of the Qur’an.

This story had not been published. In March 2017 her sentence was reduced by 30 months as part of a Nowruz pardon and she was subsequently released only to be convicted and sentenced in June 2019 to an additional three years and seven months imprisonment for “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “spreading propaganda against the system” for her activities while in prison. She started serving that sentence in November 2019. She is a prisoner of conscience and Amnesty calls for her immediate and unconditional release.

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