Women’s Rights

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
January 28, 2015

Prominent Human Rights Activist Detained and Kept from Seeing Vice President of German Parliament

Prominent Human Rights Activist Detained and Kept from Seeing Vice President of German Parliament Human rights activist Narges Mohammadi was detained by security agents for several hours as she tried to meet with the Vice President of the German Parliament, Claudia Roth, in Tehran on the afternoon of January 25, 2015, according to Saham News. She was released at midnight, after she was interrogated and threatened with imprisonment. Roth, who […]... read more
December 24, 2014

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri’s sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
December 17, 2014

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear Despite completion of interrogations for Mahdieh Golroo, a women's rights activist who was arrested on October 23, 2014, a day after she attended a gathering in Tehran to protest acid attacks on several women in Isfahan, her judicial case has not moved forward and her family remains uninformed of her charges, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mahdieh Golroo has spent her entire detention period inside a solitary cell in the IRGC's Ward 2-A at Evin Prison. ... read more
December 2, 2014

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Women

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Women In a continuing series of attacks against women in Iran, a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing of six women in the southern town of Jahrom in Fars Province over the past week. The stabbings follow the numerous acid attacks against women in Isfahan over the last few months, which were allegedly linked to vigilante justice that was aimed at punishing “improper” hijab and encouraged by the Iranian Parliament’s proposed "Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice." ... read more
November 25, 2014

Authorities Use National Security Charges to Punish Ghavami for Attending Sporting Event

Authorities Use National Security Charges to Punish Ghavami for Attending Sporting Event On November 23, 2014, Ghoncheh Ghavami was released from prison after posting bail of one hundred million toman ($35,000). She was released after a lower court issued a one-year prison sentence and a two-year travel ban for “propaganda against the state” and other national security-related charges on November 22.... read more
November 12, 2014

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal New charges may be brought against Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman who was arrested outside a sports stadium in Tehran in June 2014 for trying to attend a volleyball match and who remains in prison. ... read more
November 7, 2014

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender and Deputy Head of the now shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center, has been summoned to the Evin Prison Court following a moving speech she made at the grave site of Sattar Beheshti, the 35-year-old blogger who died under torture at a police detention center in November 2012. "In the summons I received on November 5, 2014, it is stated that I must turn myself in 'for charges,' but there is no further explanation about these charges," read more
October 24, 2014

Protesters Deploring Acid Attacks against Women Are Beaten and Arrested

Protesters Deploring Acid Attacks against Women Are Beaten and Arrested An October 22, 2014 gathering in front of the Iranian Parliament to protest the recent acid attacks against women has ended in the violent beating and arrests of several citizens, human rights activist Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Sources also told the Campaign that plainclothes agents used batons and tear gas to disperse the large crowd that had gathered outside the Judiciary building in the city of Isfahan.... read more
October 22, 2014

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop Following a spate of violent attacks on women in Iran, in which unidentified perpetrators have thrown acid in the faces of women in the city of Isfahan for their alleged improper hijab (the Islamic dress code for women), prominent human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Iranian Parliament’s "Plan on Protection of Promoters of Virtue and Preventers of Vice" must be immediately suspended.... read more