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Shiva Nazarahari released from prison on furlough

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Shiva Nazarahari, jailed human rights activist, women’s rights activist and founding member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) was granted temporary prison release today.

According to CHRR, Shiva Nazarahari who is among political prisoners detained after the contested election results of 2009 was released on furlough on September 8th. The founding member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) is a human rights activist, blogger, journalist, women’s rights activist, member of the One Million Signature Campaign, Right to Education Campaign, and Society for Defending Street and Working Children.

Shiva Nazarahari has been behind bars in Evin prison’s women’s ward since September 8, 2012. With the year she spent behind bars after her arrest in 2009, she has now spent about 2 years behind bars, which is half her sentence.

Nazarahari was detained twice in the aftermath of the contested 2009 presidential elections. Days after the elections on June 14, 2009, Shiva was detained. She was held in solitary confinement in Evin’s ward 209 for 36 days before being transferred to the general ward. She was released on bail on September 24th.

On December 20 2009 Nazarahari was detained with a number of other activists while on their way to attend the funeral of the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. She endured 2 months of solitary confinement and was released on bail after 9 months of detention in September 2010.

Shiva Nazarahari was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her prison sentence on September 8, 2012.

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Saeed Kalaanaki-Judicial decree to collect the bail money for parental home

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – CHRR member Saeed Kalaanaki’s parental home that was collateral for his bail, was set for sale per the orders of the Ministry of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, before a directive was given to instead pay 100 million Tomans (around $30,000) in cash. His family is ordered to produce a down payment of 21 million Tomans paid in cash followed by monthly payments of 2.5 million Tomans lasting 36 months.

This enforcement mandate has been handed down despite the fact that Kalaanaki’s family does not even have the funds to pay the installments. Saeed Kalaanaki, member of CHRR and former head of The Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his human rights work. He was arrested by Intelligence agents in the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009. During the past 2 years, judiciary officials from Shahid Moghaddas court in Evin prison sent four written subpoenas to Kalaanaki’s family warning them that if he did not present himself, their collateral would be seized.

According to Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Intelligence agents detained Saeed Kalaanaki for the fifth time on November 30, 2009, a few months after the contested presidential elections. After his home was searched, Kalaanaki was transferred to Ward 209 of Evin prison. He was held for 100 days in custody at Evin prison; 28 days in solitary confinement and the rest in a 7-meter cell holding 3 prisoners. He was released on 100 million Tomans bail in March 2010. That same year, Intelligence agents arrested nine CHRR members who were held for long periods of time in solitary cells in Ward 209, Ward 240 and Ward 2-A – under the jurisdiction of the IRGC.

In May 2010, Judge Pir Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court handed human rights activist Kalanaaki a 3-year prison sentence on the charges of “membership in Committee of Human Rights Reporters”, “propaganda against the regime”, and “insulting the leadership.” Kalaanaki denied the last 2 charges brought against him.

The founding member of CHRR was summoned numerous times and received threatening phone calls demanding that he cease his human rights activities. From 2003 to 2005 he was detained four times by Security agents and was held in Evin solitary cells in Wards 209, and 240. He also spent time in Hall 3 of Evin prison. Judge Hadad presiding over Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court handed him a fine and a 3-year prison sentence, which was suspended for 5 years. With the two rulings, Kalannaki now faces a 6-year prison sentence.

Saeed Jalalifar, another member of CHRR was granted furlough on June 26 after enduring almost 2 years behind bars. He was arrested on November 30, 2009 during the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections and handed a 3-year prison sentence on the charges of “illegal gathering” and “propaganda against the regime.” On July 31, 2011 he was arrested and transferred to Evin prison after he presented himself at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran to prevent the reversal of his bail.

Shiva Nazarahari, founding member and former head of CHRR has been arrested numerous times stemming from her human rights work. After her last arrest on December 20, 2009, she was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “Illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.”  She was also banned from continuing her education towards a Masters degree. She is spending her prison term behind bars in Evin prison’s women’s ward.

Kouhyar Goudarzi, member and former head of CHRR was arrested numerous times and expelled from Sharif University of Technology due to his human rights work. When he was last arrested on July 31, 2011, his whereabouts and condition were unknown for several months as authorities refused to acknowledge he was in custody. The journalist was later handed a 5-year prison sentence in exile in the remote city of Zabol on the charges of “propaganda against the regime,” and “assembly and collusion against national security.”

Saeed Haeri, former member of CHRR is spending his 2-year prison sentence behind bars in Evin prison and Navid Khanjani, another former member is spending his 12-year sentence in Rajai Shahr prison. Parisa Kakai, former CHRR member was handed a 2-year prison term and Ali Kalaei, another former member was handed a 7-year term. Other former members of CHRR who have been harassed and investigated by the security apparatus are Hesam Meysaghi, Sepehr Atefi, and left-wing student activist Saeed Habibi.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) condemns the oppression and prosecution of all human rights defenders, and demands the unconditional release of all present and former members of CHRR, along with an immediate termination to the harassment and intimidation inflicted on its members by the security and judiciary apparatus.

وثیقه سعید کلانکی توسط مراجع قضایی ضبط شد

Judicial decree to collect the bail money for activist Saeed Kalaanaki

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Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters –  Shiva Nazarahari, human rights activist, founder and former head of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, returned to Evin prison today May 2, 2013.

According to CHRR, Nazarahari who had not requested prison leave was arbitrarily granted a second furlough on May 1st (mother’s day). She was contacted by personnel from the judicial authority and required to present herself back at Evin prison today.

This member of CHRR was first granted temporary release on March 13 for the Nowruz holidays after enduring 184 days behind bars without furlough. She returned to Evin prison after one month.

On December 20, 2009, Shiva Nazarahri was arrested while she was on a bus with other activists intending to attend the funeral of the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. She was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her prison sentence on September 8, 2012.

In the past days, a number of political prisoners who had been on furlough were summoned back to prison. Bahare Hedayat, women’s and student rights activist turned herself in at Evin prison to serve the remaining of her 9.5-year prison sentence. Journalists Masoud Bastani and Bahman Amouie were summoned back to Rajai Shahr prison and ordered to present themselves at the facility tomorrow. Both of their spouses, journalists Mahsa Amrabadi and Jila Baniyaghoub are held behind bars at Evin prison.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that all political prisoners who were on furlough have been summoned to return to prison. Ahmad Zeidabadi and Mehdi Mahmoudian are among those handed a summons by the judiciary with an order to return to prison in the next few days.

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Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison

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Shiva Nazarahari


Shiva Nazarahari returned to prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Shiva Nazarahari, human rights activist, founder and former head of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, returned to Evin prison a few hours ago.

According to CHRR, Shiva Nazarahari who was granted furlough on March 12th after enduring 184 days behind bars, returned to prison on Saturday April 13th to serve the remainder of her prison term.

On December 20, 2009, Shiva was arrested while she was on a bus with other activists intending to attend the funeral of the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. After facing harsh interrogations while in detention, Shiva Nazarahari was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her prison sentence on September 8, 2012.

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Report on latest condition of female political prisoners in Iran

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – After women’s day was celebrated in the world, there are still a large number of female political prisoners accused of civil, and human rights activism who are serving prison terms behind bars throughout Iran.

During the past months a number of female prisoners were released after serving their sentences. Among the released are Ronak Safarzadeh (Sanandaj prison), Zeinab Bayazidi (Zanjan prison), Fereshteh Shirazi (Amel prison), Nazanin Deyhimi, Negar Haeri, Ladan Mastoufi and Haniyeh Farshi Shotorban (Evin prison).

Following is a list of female prisoners in various prisons throughout the country. This list does not incorporate all female prisoners of conscience.

Evin Prison:

1 – Besmeh Al-Jabouri – Iraqi prisoner, charged with espionage for Iraq, 5-year sentence, has served one and a half years.

2 – Bahare Hedayat – student and women’s rights activist, member of Daftare Tahkime Vehdat (Student Unity), prior arrest in 05 stemming from student and women’s rights activism, arrested during aftermath of the contested 09 presidential elections, 10-year sentence, has served more than 3 years, presently out on medical furlough.

3 – Behnaz Zakeri – Swedish national detained as she entered the country, charged with connections to the Mujahedin political party (MEK), 10-year sentence, has served about 8 months.

4 – Hakimeh Shokri – member of Mourning Mothers, arrested in December 2010 after attending funeral services of Amirashed Tajmir (killed during time of mass protests after the 09 contested presidential elections), 3-year sentence, has served 4 months.

5 – Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabagh – among the many arrested during time of “Ashoura 88” protests, charged with connections to the Mujahedin political party (MEK), death sentence, later commuted to 15-year sentence, has served over 3 years with no furlough.

6 – Jila Baniyaghoub – journalist and women’s rights activist, one-year prison sentence and 30-year ban on press activities, has served 6 months. Her husband Bahman Ahmadi Amoui is a journalist with a 5-year sentence behind bars in Rajai Shahr prison and presently out on furlough.

7 – Jila Karamzadeh Makvandi – poet and member of Mourning Mothers, arrested after 09 contested presidential elections, 2-year sentence, has served one year with no furlough.

8 – Shabnam Madadzadeh – former student activist, arrested in March 09, charged with connections to Mujahedin political party (MEK), 5-year sentence, has served over 4 years. Her brother Farzad Madadzadeh held in Rajai Shahr prison on same charges.

9 – Shiva Nazarahari – human rights activist, member of CHRR, detained twice after contested 09 presidential elections, 4-year sentence and 74 lashes, has served one and a half years, granted furlough on March 12, 2013.

10 – Sedigheh Moradi – charged with connections to Mujahidin party (MEK), 10-year sentence, has served over a year.

11 – Saghra Gholamnejad – charged with connections to Mujahidin party (MEK), 2-year sentence, has served one year.

12 – Faezeh Hashemi – political activist, 6-month sentence, has served 5 months.

13 – Fariba Kamalabadi – Baha’i citizen, member of 7-person group Yarane Iran, 20-year sentence, has served over 5 years without furlough.

14 – Faran Hesami – Baha’i citizen, 5-year sentence, mother of toddler has served over 8 months. Her husband Kamran Rahimian is spending 5-year sentence behind bars in Rajai Shahr prison.

15 – Kobra Banazadeh Amirkhizi – detained during attempt to visit her son in Iraq, charged with connections to Mujahedin party (MEK), 5-year sentence, has served over 4 years without furlough.

16 – Kefayat Malek Mohammadi – arrested during “Ashura 88” events with her husband, charged with connections to Mujahedin party (MEK), 5-year sentence, has served over 3 years.

17 – Lava Khanjani – Baha’i citizen, 2-year sentence, has served 8 months. Her brother Foad Khanjani is serving 4-year prison sentence in Rajai Shahr prison.

18 – Aliyeh Tabrayiyan – 2-year sentence, has served about 6 months.

19 – Asal Esmailzadeh – Green movement activist, 2-year sentence, has served 2 months, granted furlough on March 14, 2013.

20 – Mahboubeh Karami – member of One Million Signatures Campaign, charged with membership in Human Rights Activists in Iran, 3-year sentence, has served over 2 years.

21 – Mahboubeh Mansouri – charged with connections to Mujahedin party (MEK), 2-year sentence, presently out on furlough.

22 – Maryam Akbari Monfared – arrested during time of “Ashura 88” protests, charged with connections to Mujahedin party (MEK), 15-year sentence, mother of 3 has served 3 years without furlough.

23 – Maryam Jalili – Christian convert charged with changing her religion, 2.5-year sentence, has served about a year.

24 – Motehareh Bahrami – arrested during time of “Ashura 88” protests (along with her husband Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam, her son Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam, and 2 friends Reyhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabagh and Hadi Ghaemi), death sentence, commuted to 10-year sentence, has served over 3 years without furlough despite numerous illnesses.

25 – Mitra Zahmati – Christian convert charged with changing her religion, 2.5-year sentence, has served about a year and half without furlough.

26 – Manijeh Najm Araghi – translator, writer, member of Writers Association of Iran and women’s rights activist, one-year sentence, has served about 10 months.

27 – Manijeh Nasrollahi – Baha’i citizen, 3.5-year sentence, has served over 3 years.

28 – Mahsa Amrabadi – journalist, 2-year prison sentence, has served over a year. Her husband journalist Masoud Bastani serving sentence at Rajai Shahr prison and is presently out on furlough.

29 – Mahvash Shahriari – Baha’i citizen, member of 7-person group Yarane Iran, 20-year sentence, has served over 5 years without furlough.

30 – Nasrin Sotoudeh – lawyer and human rights activist, 6-year sentence, has served about 2.5 years. Mother of 2 has launched 4 hunger strikes behind bars in protest of the unlawful treatment of herself and her family members.

31 – Nasim Soltan Beygi – journalist and former student activist, 3-year sentence, has served about 7 months.

32 – Nooshin Khadam – Baha’i citizen, professor at BIHE (a Baha’i online university), 4-year sentence, has served over 1.5 years.

33 – Haniyeh Sanae Farshi – political activist charged with “insulting the holy”, “propaganda against the regime”, “acting against national security,” 7-year sentence commuted to 5-years, has served more than 2.5 years with no furlough.

Kermanshah prison:

34 – Zeynab Jalalian – Kurdish citizen, member of the PKK, arrested in Kermanshah in 08 and transferred to Sanandaj prison, endured severe torture in long periods of solitary confinement, charged with “moharebeh” (enmity with God), death sentence later commuted to life in prison, has served her time in Kermanshah prison without any furlough.

Ahvaz prison:

35 – Fatemeh Rahnama – arrested during time of “Ashura 88” protests, close to Zahra Rahnavard, jailed at age 19 on charge of “connections with MEK,” now handed a 10-year sentence on same charge, serving her sentence in Ahvaz prison.

Gharchak & Ramin prison:

36 – Raheleh Zakayee – lesser-known prisoner, charged with “propaganda against the regime,” one-year sentence, was recently transferred from Evin to Gharchak & Ramin prison without explanation.

Semnan prison:

37 – Taraneh Tarabi – Baha’i citizen, charged with following Baha’i faith, 2.5-year sentence, has served 5 months. In October 2012 she was transferred to Semnan prison with her newborn despite the fact that the conditions in this prison are not at all suitable for a baby.

38 – Zohreh Nikaeen – Baha’i citizen, charged with following Baha’i faith, 23-month sentence, has served 5 months. In October 2012 she was transferred to Semnan prison with her toddler despite the fact that the conditions in this prison are not at all suitable for a toddler.

39 – Rofia Beydaghi – Baha’i citizen, charged with following the Baha’i faith, one-year sentence. The father of this prisoner is also behind bars in Semnan prison.

40 – Jinous Nourani – Baha’i citizen, charged with following the Baha’i faith, one-year sentence.

Mashhad prison:

41 – Rozita Vaseghi – Baha’i citizen, charged with “advertising the Baha’i faith” and “insulting the holy”, 5-year sentence. Despite spending half her sentence behind bars with 6 months in solitary, she has not been granted any furlough.

42 – Sima Ashrafi – Baha’i citizen, charged with “propaganda against the regime,” and “insulting the holy,” 5-year sentence, served 2.5 years. The mother of two has not been granted her right to furlough despite having spent over half her term behind bars.

43 – Nahid Ghadiri – Baha’i citizen from Mashhad, charged with “advertising the Baha’i faith,” 5-year sentence, has served 2 years 6 months, in poor health.

House Arrest:

44 – Zahra Rahnavard – Put under house arrest with her husband Mir Hossein Mousavi since February 15, 2011. She has not been tried in any court or handed any sentencing. She is deprived of all her rights as a prisoner and has had very rare supervised visitations with family.

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Report on latest condition of female political prisoners in Iran

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Shiva Nazarahari released on 3-day furlough

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – After spending 184 days behind bars, today ShivaNazarahari was granted a 3-day release on bail.

As reported by CHRR, Shiva Nazarahari was handed a 4-year prison sentence with 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her sentence on September 8, 2012.

Shiva Nazarahari, imprisoned member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters was recently nominated by Reporters Without Frontiers for the 2013 Netizen of the Year, which has been awarded on March 12th every year to commemorate World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. Since 2008, this prize has been awarded to journalists, bloggers and other netizens for their distinguished contribution to the advancement of freedom of expression on the Internet.

On March 11, 2011, Shiva Nazarahari was awarded the Theodor Haecker prize for “courageous internet reporting on human rights violations”. The prize is named after Theodor Haecker, a philosopher, writer and anti-Nazi cultural critic.

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – After spending 184 days behind bars, today ShivaNazarahari was granted a 3-day release on bail.

As reported by CHRR, Shiva Nazarahari was handed a 4-year prison sentence with 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering.” She turned herself in at Evin prison to serve her sentence on September 8, 2012.

Shiva Nazarahari, imprisoned member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters was recently nominated by Reporters Without Frontiers for the 2013 Netizen of the Year, which has been awarded on March 12th every year to commemorate World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. Since 2008, this prize has been awarded to journalists, bloggers and other netizens for their distinguished contribution to the advancement of freedom of expression on the Internet.

On March 11, 2011, Shiva Nazarahari was awarded the Theodor Haecker prize for “courageous internet reporting on human rights violations”. The prize is named after Theodor Haecker, a philosopher, writer and anti-Nazi cultural critic.

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Shiva Nazarahari released on 3-day furlough

Shiva Nazarahari


Shiva Nazarahari nominated for the Netizen Prize by RSF

Shiva Nazarahari, imprisoned member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, was nominated by Reporters Without Borders for the 2013 Netizen of the Year, which has been awarded on March 12th every year to commemorate World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. Since 2008, this prize has been awarded to journalists, bloggers and other netizens for their distinguished contribution to the advancement of freedom of expression on the Internet. Shiva Nazar Ahari is one of 9 netizens worldwide who has been nominated for this award in 2013.

Shiva Nazarahari is a human rights activist, blogger, journalist, women’s rights activist and member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters, the One Million Signature Campaign, Right to Education Campaign, and Society for Defending Street and Working Children.

Shiva was born on June 10, 1984 and attended Islamic Azad University with a B.A. in Civil Engineering. A determined advocate for the rights of child laborers and women’s rights, Shiva was prevented from attending graduate school for her M.A. after receiving her engineering license because she received a “star” from the regime for her humans rights work.

Shiva has been arrested several times because of her commitment to human rights and online reporting. She was first arrested at the young age of 18 on September 11, 2002 after she had lit candles across Tehran University with others to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks. She was held in Evin prison’s Ward 240 and endured 40 days of solitary confinement before being released on bail.

Shiva was arrested again on August 17, 2004 while she was taking part in a peaceful protest in front on the United Nations office in Tehran. The protest was to bring attention to the plight of political prisoners and the group was distributing pamphlets regarding prison conditions. Shiva was released on bail after enduring 20 days behind bars in Evin prison’s ward 209 controlled by the Ministry of Intelligence and she was later sentenced to one year in prison.

With a passion for the welfare of minors, Shiva began her volunteer work with children’s rights years ago. She stood up for the rights of child laborers and was a soldier for immigrant children mostly from Afghanistan, who were abused and forgotten. Working in a hostile climate, she and her friends managed to keep the Society for Defending Working and Street Children open even after the country’s security apparatus shut it down.

On June 14, 2009, days after the contested presidential election results, Shiva was arrested again. She spent 36 days in solitary confinement in Evin’s ward 209 before being transferred to the general ward. She was released on bail on September 24th. While in prison, Shiva befriended Atefeh Nabavi, another student-activist who had taken part in demonstrations. After Shiva was released she characteristically organized a campaign for the release of her friends despite the dangers it posed to herself.

On December 20, 2009, Shiva was arrested again while she was on a bus with other activists intending to attend the funeral of the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. Kouhyar Goudarzi, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh and Saeed Haeri were also among the arrested. Shiva immediately launched a dry hunger strike to protest her incarceration and was transferred to the infirmary at Evin prison due to her deteriorating health. She endured 2 months of solitary confinement and was released on bail after 9 months of detention in September 2010.

She was later handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.” On September 8, 2012 Shiva turned herself in at Evin prison where she is now serving her prison term.

Despite her many arrests and ceaseless harassment, Shiva never backed down from her conviction in standing up for human rights and her belief that no one should be discriminated against based on gender, ethnicity, religion or social class. She is a founding member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters formed in 2005 and later served as the group’s spokesperson. The organization was formed with the purpose of improving the human rights situation in Iran with a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The group seeks to through online reporting, inform the public of abuses and violations while demanding that human rights be granted in all aspects of daily life.

Today three members of CHRR – Shiva Nazar Ahari, Saeed Jalalifar, Saeed Haeri, and one former member of the group, Navid Khanjani, are serving prison terms. The former head of the group, twice-imprisoned Kouhyar Goudarzi was handed a 5-year prison sentence in exile.

In a letter to another prisoner Shiva who has been at the forefront of the struggle for justice in a democratic Iran, described her compassion and yearning for the good of all her fellow beings. “When your heart trembles for the rights of another human, that is when you begin to slip; that is when the interrogations begin. When your heart trembles for another prisoner, a woman, a child laborer – that is when you become the accused. When you find faith in people and believe in humanity and nothing else, that is when you commit your first crime.”

On March 11, 2011, Shiva Nazarahari was awarded the Theodor Haecker prize for “courageous internet reporting on human rights violations”. The prize is named after Theodor Haecker, a philosopher, writer and anti-Nazi cultural critic. At age 28, Shiva Nazar Ahari is serving her 5-year prison sentence stemming from her human rights efforts, online journalism, and standing up for the rights of women, the under privileged, minorities and children.

Shiva Nazarahari is nominated for the 2013 Netizen award, which will be cast by the Internet public for the first time this year. Internet users can vote until March 5 on the RSF YouTube channel. The winner will be announced on March 7.

Shiva Nazar Ahari nominated for the Netizen Prize by RSF

Shiva Nazarahari