Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a well-known scholar of women and Islam has been detained in Iran. While it is possible that Dr. Hoodfar is caught in
the power struggle between the hardliners and the so-called
pragmatists within the ruling cleric in Iran, the arbitrary arrest of
people on groundless accusation of collaboration with foreign enemies
is not an oddity in Iran. The arrests and heavy prison terms given to
Iranian journalists, teachers, workers, university students, human
rights and women’s rights activists, and individuals of dual
citizenship who venture visiting their homeland, are the response of
the Iranian regime to the economic and political crises that have
engulfed the country.
We object, in the strongest way to the detention of Dr. Hoodfar and
urge the Canadian government to make its utmost efforts, urgently, for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Hoodfar, and her safe passage out of Iran.



Name Family name, affiliation (in alphabetical order)


Abbas Azadian, Psychiatrist

Akbar Masoumbaigi, Author

Akram Pedramnia, Author

Amir Hassanpour, University of Toronto

Amir Kasravi, Flight Safety Specialist

Ardeshir Zarezadeh, Human Rights Activist

Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, University of Toronto

Asad Moznebi, Satirist

Bahar Almasi, Poet

Bahram Bahrami, Author

Farah Taheri, Journalist

Farid Haerinejad, Documentary filmmaker, journalist

Goudarz Garmroudi, Journalist

Haideh Moghissi, York University

Hassan Zerehi, Publisher, Shahrvand

Hossein Sharang, Poet

Lily Pourzand, Abused Women Shelter Manager and College Instructor

Mehrak Kamali, University of Arizona

Mehrdad Ariannejad, Community Activist

Mehrdad Hariri, CEO President, Canadian Science Policy Centre

Mehrnoush Ahmadi, L.G.B.T.Q Rights Activist

Mohammad Tajdolati, Journalist

Nasrin Almasi, Journalist

Niaz Salimi, Social Activist

Reza Allamehzadeh, Artist-Filmmaker

Roya Ghahremani

Saeed Honarmand, Columbia University

Saeed Rahnema, York University

Sahar Mirshafie, Social Activist

Samsam Kashfi, Poet

Sareh Sokoot, Poet

Shahbaz Nakhai, Author

Shahram TabeMohammadi, University of Toronto

Shahrzad Mojab, OISE, University of Toronto



A Copy of this petition will be delivered to:


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, P.C., Minister of Foreign Affairs