Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Release for Jailed Female motocross champion

Iran: Female motorcross champion arrested over her her faith

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ICBHR: The female motocross champion Shahrzad Nazifi was arrested by security agents in Tehran on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Agents transferred Shahrzad to Tehran Evin prison, according to ICBHR quoted by HRANA. They raid her house after the arrest, and seized her personal belongings, including books, cell phone, and lap top during an inspection which lasted about 5 hours.

She, the women’s motocross champion and coach, was arrested because of her faith in Baha’i. In recent months, IRI’s authorities have brought pressure upon Baha’I community across the country, which led to arrest dozens of Baha’I citizens.

"Shahrzad Nazifi, her husband Mehrshad Naraghi and their daughter Noora Naraghi are all motocross champions of Iran. Both mother and daughter are pioneers of women’s motocross in the country", says Iran Wire.

Iran judiciary has experienced to lash out heaviest sentences against members of the community.


WHEREAS: Shahrzad Nazifi has been arrested on Sunday, November 27, 2018 for unknown reasons;

AND WHEREAS: Her imprisonment is therefore ILLEGAL under Articles 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 18, 19, 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

AND WHEREAS: Her unclear situation is also ILLEGAL according to the Articles which are pointed above;

THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, demand that the international community bring all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to honor its binding human rights by IMMEDIATELY and UNCONDITIONALLY releasing Shahrzad Nazifi from jail, canceling her ILLEGAL suspended detention and dropping all equally ILLEGAL charges against her.




Targets: Antonio Guterres, Javaid Rehman, Michelle Bachelet, OHCHR , HRW

Region: Iran

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