Amnesty International is appealing for support for Atena Farghadani, a 29-year-old Iranian painter and activist, sentenced in June this year to 12 years and nine months in prison on charges of “gathering and colluding against national security”, “insulting members of parliament through paintings”, “spreading propaganda against the system”, “insulting the President” and “insulting the Iranian Supreme Leader”.

The charges stem from her peaceful activities, including her association with families of political prisoners, her anti-government posts on Facebook, and her artwork. She held an art ...


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