Women’s Rights

April 23, 2015

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland April 20, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today highlighting the plight of the thousands of Iranians who wish to return to their homeland, yet fear likely imprisonment upon arrival for the peaceful expression of their beliefs, art, or lifestyle.... read more
April 16, 2015

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention Rouhani and Other Administration Officials Speak Out against Discrimination Analysis- Almost two years after his 2013 election, President Hassan Rouhani and his Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, spoke up against discrimination against women this week, in the face of steadily deteriorating conditions for women in Iran. “The government considers it its […]... read more
April 10, 2015

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. The moves to end the ban follow an international outcry over Iran’s refusal to […]... read more
April 2, 2015

Initial Accord with Iran Holds Promise for Human Rights

Initial Accord with Iran Holds Promise for Human Rights But Risks of Hardline Backlash Remain The understanding reached on Iran’s nuclear program on April 2 is a welcome development, averting at least for now, an inexorable descent into confrontation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This initial agreement also presents renewed opportunities for human rights. “Political space in Iran, long consumed […]... read more
March 27, 2015

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]... read more
March 19, 2015

Children’s Rights Activist Charged with “Acting against National Security”

Children’s Rights Activist Charged with “Acting against National Security” Civil and children’s rights activist Atena Daemi has been formally charged, after six months of “temporary detention” in Evin Prison, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
March 5, 2015

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights March 6, 2015—The Iranian Parliament should immediately withdraw the pending Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, which explicitly calls for Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress), the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This plan not only violates the rights of all Iranian women, it also presents a clear and present danger to their continued safety.... read more
March 5, 2015

Activist Ends Hunger Strike after Judge Agrees to Transfer to Evin’s Political Ward

Activist Ends Hunger Strike after Judge Agrees to Transfer to Evin’s Political Ward Atena Faraghdani has ended her hunger strike in hospital, where she has been since her February 26 collapse in Gharchak Prison, after learning that a Revolutionary Court Judge agreed to return her to Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward for political prisoners, her lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mohammad Moghimi, Faraghdani’s lawyer, […]... read more
February 27, 2015

Cartoon 107: My Stealthy Freedom

Cartoon 107: My Stealthy Freedom Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Islamic covering (hijab) was imposed on Iranian women, and serious penalties, ranging from warnings by Morality Police and arrests to imprisonment and fines, were stipulated and enforced for women who did not observe the dress code. In 2014, with the creation of “My Stealthy Freedom,” a […]... read more
February 27, 2015

Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of “Temporary Detention” At Deplorable Facility

Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of “Temporary Detention” At Deplorable Facility Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders."... read more
February 25, 2015

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran’s Ban on Women in Stadiums

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran’s Ban on Women in Stadiums Referring to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, approved in 1997, the signatories added, "Any type of deprivation of fundamental rights or restricting such rights based on gender, aimed to or resulting in reduced access of women to sports" is prohibited.... read more
February 13, 2015

Row over Solo Singing of Women Grows in Iran

Row over Solo Singing of Women Grows in Iran There is a growing row between Hassan Rouhani's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and conservative Iranian clerics over the issue of women's singing in Iran. At least two Grand Ayatollahs said earlier this month that they will not allow women's (public) singing. ... read more