officials holding unidentified documentaries and activists for women's rights Mahnaz Mohammadi, at home
A prominent Iranian filmmaker and women's rights activists, whose work includes films banned on Iranian society, was arrested by unidentified agents.
Mahnaz Mohammadi, 37, was arrested at his home in the capital, Tehran, by security guards who refused to present an arrest warrant and was taken to Evin Prison , where many activists being performed.
a telephone interview from Tehran, his lawyer told the Guardian that Mohammadi had been denied access to family or adequate legal representation and was held incommunicado.
The news of his arrest comes two weeks after Human Rights Campaign and other women photographers, Maryam Majd, was arrested before leaving for Tehran, while trying to fly to the Germany, where it is intended to cover the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Majd, 25, had campaigned for women in Iran to be allowed into stadiums to watch football. It was expected to reach Petra Landers, a former German football player, working on a book project on women's sports, but was arrested and taken to Evin, before his departure. She also denied access to his lawyer and his family.
The arrests of two militants have drawn criticism from groups of human rights that have long condemned Iran for its ongoing offensive to artists and activists. Amnesty International expressed deep concern about the two arrests and called on Iran to clarify the reasons for his arrest.
"We are very concerned about the arrests, and continue with their lawyers to determine their legal status," said Amnesty.
aa Maziar Bahari, an Iranian documentary that he was arrested as a result of Iran in 2009, post-election unrest and is the author of the recently published book, Then they came for me, said: "The difficulty, after the arrests, is that you do not know where they led to the charges they face, or even that the authority were in prison. "