Along with Maryam Akbari Monfared, a political prisoner in exile, after 12 years in prison without a day off.
Maryam Akbari Monfared was born in Tehran in 1975 and was a housewife. Mother of two daughters, also raising her executed sister’s daughter. She was arrested after the Ashura uprising of 2009 and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by Judge Salavati on the charge of “being a supporter of the MEK/PMOI”.
His two brothers were executed during the killings of the early 1980s and his younger brother and sister during the massacre in summer of 1988.
Maryam Akbari Monfared has been denied medical care by the Tehran prosecutor in retaliation of a filed complaint on October 17, 2016, about the execution of her family members in 1988.
During her 12 years in prison, she has been repeatedly exiled to various prisons and did not have a single day of medical leave.
Maryam Akbari Monfared was transferred to Gohardasht Prison after about nine months of torture, interrogation and imprisonment in one of the solitary confinement cells of Ward 209 of Evin Prison and was transferred to Qarchak Prison in Varamin in mid spring of 2011. Formerly she was confined at Rajaee Shahr Prison since early fall of 2010. After repeated protests, she was transferred to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Maryam Akbari was summoned to Branch Two of the Evin Prison Prosecutor’s Office for arraignment in a new case. This new case was opened because on the eve of February 10 (the anniversary of the anti-monarchy revolution of 1979) she had chanted slogans against the Islamic Republic at the women ward.
After 12 years in prison and without one day of medical leave, political prisoner Maryam Akbari was abruptly and violently exiled from Evin prison to Semnan prison on Tuesday, March 9, 2020.
Former prisoners who have been with Maryam Akbari have repeatedly recounted her high moral qualities, strong spirit and vitality.
On June 19, 2021, Maryam Akbari Monfared wrote in a letter from Semnan prison calling for the boycott of Islamic Republics so-called elections:
“My vote is for this regime to be overthrown! This is my voice from behind bars in Semnan prison having the worst human conditions. From behind the barbed wires and high walls of the prison, I shout my cry in harmony with the People of Iran. Victory is ours; tomorrow is ours!”