09/14/2016 06:39 EDT | Updated 09/15/2017 01:12 EDT

UN rapporteurs call for release of Canadian academic jailed in Iran

NEW YORK — Twenty former United Nations special human rights investigators are calling on Iran to release a jailed Canadian-Iranian academic.

The ex-rapporteurs are raising Homa Hoodfar's case as the UN holds a general assembly in New York.

The 65-year-old, who taught at Montreal's Concordia University, has been held at Tehran's notorious Evin prison since June 6.

The former rapporteurs say Hoodfar's academic work poses no threat to Iranian security and that she should be released immediately.

Hoodfar's family has said the Iranian probe into the retired anthropology professor centred on her "dabbling in feminism'' and security matters.

On Tuesday, Hoodfar's relatives said the judge in the case had refused to accept her lawyer and had instead appointed one to his own liking.