Women’s Rights

August 24, 2016

Overcoming Obstacles: Leila Vaziri & the Nine Female Olympians from Iran

Overcoming Obstacles: Leila Vaziri & the Nine Female Olympians from Iran What does it take for a woman to overcome the challenges and make it to the Olympics? Watch world champion Leila Varizi in this video and join the Campaign in saluting the 9 Iranian women who made it to the 2016 Rio Olympics.... read more
August 22, 2016

Nasrin Sotoudeh: “Hardliners are trying to open a new case against me”

Nasrin Sotoudeh: “Hardliners are trying to open a new case against me” Prominent Human Rights Lawyer is Summoned to Court Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer and former political prisoner, has been summoned to appear at Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court on September 3, 2016, but has not been informed of the charges against her. She will be representing herself in court because three […]... read more
August 22, 2016

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post Najibeh Salehzadeh was never shown the “evidence” Najibeh Salehzadeh, who says she was falsely charged for posting “insulting” material on Facebook, is awaiting a verdict following her trial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan Province. “On Monday [August 15] my son and I went to the […]... read more
August 12, 2016

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Tries to Hide Evidence of Massacre of Thousands of Political Prisoners in 1988

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Tries to Hide Evidence of Massacre of Thousands of Political Prisoners in 1988 Recording of Ayatollah Montazeri’s Plea to Stop the Executions is Taken Off Website An audio file of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri—the once successor to Iran’s first supreme leader—bitterly criticizing the Islamic Republic’s mass execution of political prisoners in 1988 and arguing for an end to the killings, has been removed from his official website upon […]... read more
August 8, 2016

Anti-Pollution Initiative Stymied by Ban on Women Riding Bicycles in Public

Anti-Pollution Initiative Stymied by Ban on Women Riding Bicycles in Public Women’s rights activists and environmentalists joined forces in the city of Marivan, in Iran’s Kurdistan Province, after a local anti-pollution initiative encouraging people to ride bikes or walk instead of using their cars ran aground when security agents objected to women riding bicycles in public. “The security forces and powerful people, such as the Friday […]... read more
August 3, 2016

Radical Iranian Newspaper Suspended for Lewd Sexual Slurs against Actors

Radical Iranian Newspaper Suspended for Lewd Sexual Slurs against Actors The weekly Ya Lesarat, the official publication of the ultraconservative vigilante group Ansar-e Hezbollah, has been suspended by Iran’s Press Oversight Committee for printing a sexual smear campaign about actors’ wives. “Using such rude language, which has no place in our culture, amounts to a violation of the Press Law, therefore this publication has been […]... read more
July 27, 2016

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Interferes in Case of Imprisoned Christian

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Interferes in Case of Imprisoned Christian Case Exposes Judiciary’s Lack of Independence Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has directly interfered in the case of imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran—who has been on hunger strike to persuade the authorities to consider her for early release—in another example of the Judiciary’s lack of independence. “An official from the Intelligence Ministry met my daughter […]... read more
July 23, 2016

Cartoon 149: Worthless Versus Valuable “Likes”

Cartoon 149: Worthless Versus Valuable “Likes” At a June 23, 2016 public meeting with poets chosen and invited by his administration, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said: “I have heard that some publish their poetry on the Internet. For example, someone wrote something that is worthless, but imagine that it receives several thousand ‘likes!’ Those ‘likes’ are worthless. What gives worth […]... read more
July 21, 2016

Iran’s Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

Iran’s Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends Iran’s anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new “threat:” women wearing clothes with large English words on them.  On National Hijab […]... read more
July 14, 2016

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran Iran’s Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security […]... read more
July 13, 2016

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, imprisoned since 2013, has vowed to continue the hunger strike she began on July 5, 2016 until her demand for early conditional release is met, her mother, Zahra Pour-Nouhi Langroudi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “I’m really worried for her. It has been seven days […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Twitter Campaign to Free Narges Mohammadi Draws More than 100,000 Iranians

Twitter Campaign to Free Narges Mohammadi Draws More than 100,000 Iranians Hashtag #FreeNarges Skyrockets in Iran despite Official Ban on Twitter More than 100,000 Iranians took part in a Twitter campaign in solidarity with the imprisoned human rights defender Narges Mohammadi on July 11, 2016 to mark the fifteenth day of her hunger strike, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Three hours after […]... read more