Pakhshan Azizi, a Kurdish former political prisoner and social work graduate from the University of Allameh Tabatabaei in Tehran, was transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran on 11 December after four months of interrogation in Ward 209 of the prison.

Since her arrest, Azizi has been denied access to legal representation and communication with her family.

Azizi, who comes from Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province, was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran on 4 August and transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison.

On 8 November, the Bitawan website, which is affiliated to the Ministry of Intelligence, reported that Azizi had been arrested along with Wrisha Moradi and Sirvan Mohammad-Rezaei.

Azizi was first arrested by security forces on 16 November 2009 during a gathering of Kurdish students at Tehran University to protest politically motivated executions in Kurdistan, and was released on bail after four months.

She had been living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in recent years.