Tahmineh Monzavi: Prisoner of the day

Award-winning photographer detained

Tahmineh Monzavi, 23, is a student of Photography in Azad University's College of Arts and Architecture. Security forces arrested Tahmineh Monzavi on 19 February at her work. After confiscating her personal items, the security forces then went to her home and searched the premises.

Tahmineh Monzavi specializes in photography of social issues and maladies, and has received multiple awards for her work. In her collection of photographs, "Baagh-e-Angoori," for which she won the Sheed Independent Documentary Photography Award, Monzavi portrayed images of a safe house for homeless and drug addict women in South Tehran, around Shoosh Park. She also won a Sheed Award for "Aroosak-e-Kooki," a collection of photographs of underground women's fashion shows in Tehran, photographed in 2009 and 2010.

Reason's for Monzavi's arrest and her detention location are unknown.


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Doorood bar all lion heart Iranian women

by Siavash300 on

It really hurts to see our brave country men/women are being arrested, tortured and sometimes disappeared. Good news is the victory is near.

   Right after Syria we will be witnessing downfall of barbaric republic of Iran. It would be bloody and we may see a lot of bloodshed, but at the the end our people will win. future belong to our people.



Doorood bar tamame Iranian e mobarez...

by Bavafa on

So many of Iranian Shir-zan, Shir-del have put their lives on the line to bring  freedom and democracy to Iran, all peacefully.  They deserve our full support for a sustain campaign for their immediate and unconditional freedom.

The are our brave and they are our future.  My salute to each and every one of these brave bunch.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

How many prisoner of the day have to count till the fall of despots ?


Do Not Shoot Me

Another unknown reason for arresting !

by Do Not Shoot Me on

They put you in jail for no reason and they kill for no reason.  Jomhori-e Islami means that. 


Her crime? "Specialising in phtotography of social issues"....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

This is how the Islamic republic of murder, theft and terrorism treats the best and brightest of Iran's youth.

The day will come when those who put Tahmineh and tens of thousands of patriotic Iranians behind the bars, tortured them, raped them, killed them to answer back for their crimes. If there is a god, then may he have mercy on them when that day comes....  

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Support and Defend Tahmineh Monzavi!

by Zendanian on

Sample Protest letter:

Dear  virtual family, please take a moment to send this protest letter or use your own version.

Please keep in mind that for us, in our priviliged position: free and outside of Iran and IR's jails,  with acess to internet, it's only a few moments work, but for our political prisoners, freezing to sickness and worse in jails of Islamic Republic  it would make a big difference. Many thanks in advance. Have a good weekend. 


Free Tahmineh Monzavi!

I (we) am (are) writing this to condemn persecution and harrasment of  independent artists in Iran.  Independent, socially committed artists in Iran are being constantly harassed and arrested by the Iranian government authorities.

In particular, this letter is written to express my (our) serious
concern about the well being of Ms. Tahmineh Monzavi.

Ms. Monzavi an award winning photagrapher, and a student at Azad University, was detained two weeks ago by the security forces, with no explanation or charges against here. For the past two weeks her whereabouts remains unknown. 

I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional
freedom of Ms. Tahmineh Monzavi, and all other political prisoners,
and call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the right of all
Iranians to  , organize, assemble and freedom  association and




Send Copy of your Protest Letters to:

info@leader.ir, info@judiciary.ir, dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir; iran@un.int; ijpr@iranjudiciary.org, info@dadiran.ir, office@justice.ir, support@irimlsa.ir; info@humanrights-iran.ir