(8 June 2009) Silva Harotonian is an Iranian of Armenian descent who has been in detention since 26 June 2008. She is a former employee of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and was on her fourth brief trip to support a US-Iran exchange program for maternal and child health professionals when arrested.
She was charged with attempting to create a “soft revolution”.
She was sentenced to three years in prison in January 2009 and her first appeal was denied in March 2009. A second and final appeal is awaiting decision.