Rahele Rahemipour: You killed my brother! What did you do with his child?

Golrou Rahemipour was born in April 1984, in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison. Golrou was taken away from her mother when she was just a few days old. Golrou’s parents were detained because of their “political activity.” Her father, Hossein Rahemipour, was a political activist and was executed less than six months after Golrou’s birth.

Golrou’s aunt, Raheleh Rahemipour, has repeatedly tried to learn about the fate of her brother and niece but officials insist that her claims are imaginary and have denied Golrou’s existence.

In March, 2016, Justice for Iran reported the case to the U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances as part of a long standing bid for the redressal of the regime’s denial about Golrou’s existence and to seek accountability.

Raheleh Rahemipour was then sentenced to one year in prison for the alleged crime of “propaganda against the state.”

In July 2017, the Iranian government responded to the U.N. Working Group and claimed that Golrou died when she was seven days old and confirmed that her father was executed.

In May 2018, during her second trial, Raheleh was told that the authorities would stop the prosecution if she agreed to withdraw the complaint that stands before the U.N.

 

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