Meydaan - The offices of two Iranian NGOs, Raahi legal center and Nongovernmental Organizations Training Center, were inspected and shut down by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court’s agents Thursday evening.
Raahi legal center was founded by Shadi Sadr, women’s rights activist and attorney, and was run by a group of professional and volunteer lawyers and consultants. The center offered legal counseling to women and would charge the clients based on their financial status. The center gained success in several legal cases defending women’s rights.
Nongovernmental Organizations Training Center (NGOTC) was founded by Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, Iranian civil society activist, to empower NGOs and provide training for activists. The center has provided several workshops for the activists on various topics.
Both centers’ offices were inspected, filmed, and then sealed by the agents, said Shahram Mosayebi, NGOTC’s financial manager who was asked by the revolutionary court’s agents to be present at NGOTC’s office.
Shadi Sadr and Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh have been in detention since their arrest on March 4 and have spent part of their detention in solitary confinemnet. They contacted their families today and informed them that they are no longer in solitary confinement.
Koneshgarane-Davtalab (Volunteer Activists), another civil society NGO who provided training for Iranian NGOs was also shut down today.