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UK criticizes Iran over arrests of female activists

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Summary of story from Yahoo News, July 1, 2011

The UK has condemned the arrest of Iranian female activists, seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent (see WVoN story).

The UK’s Foreign Office named photographer Maryam Majd, filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi, journalist Zahra Yazdani and women’s rights advocate Maryam Bahrman as being among those who have been detained in recent weeks.

The UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement released late on Thursday that the women join a host of journalists, bloggers, students and human rights defenders behind bars in Iran and that the arrests “are truly disturbing.”

Iranian officials have made no comment on the arrests.

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