Parvin Ardalan banned from travel

Grace Davies
4 March 2008

Last month, this blog along with many others celebrated the award of the prestigious Olof Palme prize to Iranian women's rights activist Parvin Ardalan. Now, just a few weeks on, Ms Ardalan has been denied a right to travel abroad. On her way to Sweden yesterday to accept the internationally recognised award, she was detained by security officials before the plane could leave. Ardalan explains: "(Officials said) I was banned from travel and that I could not exit Iran. They also seized my passport."

Parvin Ardalan was honoured for her courageous work with the One Million Signatures campaign - the change for equality site has more on the story here.

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