Monica Feria-Tinta has been instructed to advise and to make representations before the relevant UN organs and the German Foreign Office, in the case of Nahid Taghavi, a German-Iranian dual national detained in Iran.
The 67-year-old was detained in October 2020, held at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, and sentenced to 10 years and eight months imprisonment. According to human rights organisations, she has been an advocate for human rights in Iran, in particular for women’s rights and freedom of expression. Her relatives reported that she was convicted after a trial conducted behind closed doors.
Taghavi, an architect who has lived in Cologne since 1983, was granted German citizenship in 2003. Iran does not recognise dual nationality for Iranians. German diplomats have not been granted consular access to visit her in detention or attend her trial.
Amnesty International has called her detention arbitrary and, in January 2021, declared Nahid Taghavi a prisoner of conscience.
Her case has been widely reported in the press, including: