Retired Concordia University professor describes terrifying experience in Tehran prison

By Susan Ormiston, CBC News Posted: Oct 05, 2016 6:36 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 06, 2016 8:04 AM ET



Homa Hoodfar’s Iranian captors never succeeded in breaking her spirit — not when they confined her to a tiny cell without a bathroom, not when they interrogated her for hours on end, not when she endured countless sleepless nights in a brightly lit cell with no pillow.



An Iranian-Canadian academic recently released from more than three months of detention in Iran said on Thursday that "it's wonderful to be home".

Shortly after landing in Montreal on Thursday morning, and tightly clutching her niece's hand, Homa Hoodfar spoke briefly with the media and thanked Canadian and Omani officials, civil society groups, and academics who pushed for her release.

"It's been a bitter seven months and the detention has made me weak and tired," she said.


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In light of new details that have emerged about Professor Hoodfar's arrest and detention, her family has released a statement. Please read and share the following statement widely.

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Last week’s decision by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to charge British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with plotting to overthrow the regime when she had been told she was about to be released seems particularly cruel and arbitrary. It is also an alarming development for another woman of dual nationality currently held incommunicado in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

June 9, 2016 - Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned over the arrest and detention of Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who is reportedly being held in Evin Prison, Iran.
Professor Hoodfar, a dual citizen of Canada and Iran who is a professor of social anthropology at Concordia University in Canada, traveled to Iran in February to visit relatives and conduct research.

Watch this interview on CTV Montreal with Marc Lafrance, a friend and colleague of Homa Hoodfar, on the #FreeHoma campaign, the conditions of the Evin prison, and Homa's academic background. He also gives simple instructions on what you can do TODAY to contribute to the campaign, by visiting



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