Iranian-British Anthropologist Reportedly Detained in Notorious Evin Prison
Kameel Ahmady, a British-Iranian anthropologist who studies controversial topics in the Islamic Republic, was reportedly arrested by local authorities and subsequently incarcerated in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. Ahmady’s research focuses on issues such as female genital mutilation and child marriage in Iran. Ahmady is the latest of numerous dual-nationals detained by the Islamic Republic amid heightened tensions between the West and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. US President Donald Trump last year unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – more commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal – and has since imposed crippling economic sanctions on the mullah regime. This, in turn, has manifested in a standoff in the Gulf, where Washington accuses Tehran of attacking six oil tankers and using its proxies to target American and Saudi assets. Iranian naval forces have also seized three vessels near the strategic Strait of Hormuz – through which approximately one-third of the global oil supply passes – including the British-flagged Stena Impero. In response, Washington and London launched a joint maritime security mission – to which Israel is reportedly contributing – in order to ensure freedom of navigation in vital Middle East waterways.