Homa Hoodfar, a dual-citizen of Iran and Canada, and a retired professor of Sociology and Anthropology, has been released from Evin prison in Iran, where she was detained since her arrest in June. Professor Hoodfar was charged with “dabbling in feminism” while conducting a research project. In early July, CCS wrote on behalf of Professor Hoodfar requesting her immediate release and that she receive necessary medical care for a neurological condition. In June, Dr. Hoodfar was found guilty and sentenced to several years. She was ordered deported, according to recent reports.
Today, Dr. Hoodfar was released on humanitarian grounds due to her illness. She landed in Oman, a country that assisted in obtaining her release, she will receive medical care and then be transported to London where she will meet her family. The Canadian government worked to obtain her release, with assistance from the government of Oman, when they realized that her health was failing.