Women’s Rights

January 9, 2016

Hila Sedighi Released on Bail

Hila Sedighi Released on Bail Hila Sedighi was released on bail on the evening of Saturday, January 9 in Tehran. The authorities did not provide any details regarding the reason for her arrest on January 7, 2016. Further updates regarding her developing prosecution will be provided as they become available. Read the news of her arrest on January 7, 2016 here.... read more
January 8, 2016

Young Poet Hila Sedighi Arrested at Airport in Tehran, Latest in String of Arrests

Young Poet Hila Sedighi Arrested at Airport in Tehran, Latest in String of Arrests Freedom of Artistic Expression Under Assault in Iran Update: Hila Sedighi was released on bail on the evening of Saturday, January 9 in Tehran. The authorities did not provide any details regarding the reason for her January 7 arrest. Further updates regarding her developing prosecution will be provided as they become available. January 8, 2016—The […]... read more
December 31, 2015

Highest Ranked Woman in Iran’s Government to Sue Extremist Publication

Highest Ranked Woman in Iran’s Government to Sue Extremist Publication The Iranian government’s most senior female official plans to take legal action against an extremist publication for comparing her to a prostitute. The weekly Ya Lesarat, the mouthpiece of the shadowy, semi-official vigilante group Ansar-e Hezbollah known for its violent enforcement of ultraconservative dictates, has a long history of defaming and inciting violence against women with […]... read more
December 30, 2015

Activist’s Health Worsens in Prison As She Awaits Appeal Hearing

Activist’s Health Worsens in Prison As She Awaits Appeal Hearing A prolonged delay in hearing children’s rights activist Atena Daemi’s appeal against her 14-year prison sentence is causing a serious deterioration in her health, particularly as she has not been able to leave prison for the past eight months to receive specialized medical treatment. Daemi’s mother, Massoumeh Nemati, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in […]... read more
December 2, 2015

Tehran Symphony Orchestra Leaves Stage rather than Bow to Demand to Ban Female Members

Tehran Symphony Orchestra Leaves Stage rather than Bow to Demand to Ban Female Members The Tehran Symphony Orchestra cancelled a performance that had been planned for the closing ceremony of an international wrestling event on November 29, 2015, after the authorities objected to the presence of women musicians among the orchestra members. The Iranian Student News Agency’s (ISNA) report of the incident suggested that the women musicians had not fully […]... read more
November 30, 2015

Cartoon 130: Infiltration

Cartoon 130: Infiltration Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. Read more here and  […]... read more
November 24, 2015

Women’s Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent

Women’s Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent Husband’s Refusal to Give Consent Kept Her Banned from Leaving Country The captain of the Iranian women’s national Futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, who was previously banned from leaving the country to play in the Asian championships in Malaysia because her husband, Mehdi Tutunchi, had not given his consent, has received permission from the Judiciary to travel […]... read more
November 19, 2015

Khamenei Rails against US “Plots” and Authorities Chime in with Crackdown

Khamenei Rails against US “Plots” and Authorities Chime in with Crackdown Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. The crackdown has resulted in the arrests and prosecutions of growing numbers of […]... read more
November 2, 2015

Cartoon 125: Iranian Women Struggle to Enter Sports Stadiums

Cartoon 125: Iranian Women Struggle to Enter Sports Stadiums Iranian women remain barred from entering sports stadiums to watch games and competitions. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. (See related animation.)... read more
October 30, 2015

Let Iranian Women Go to Stadiums

Let Iranian Women Go to Stadiums In this new video and Twitter campaign, Let Iranian Women Go to Stadiums, the Campaign and Human Rights Watch speak out against the Iranian government’s ban on women at sport stadiums, and ask viewers to tell the International Volleyball Federation not to allow Iran to host Federation games until they allow women to attend sporting […]... read more
October 29, 2015

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country International Community Should Pursue Human Rights with Same Commitment as the Nuclear Deal October 29, 2015—The international community should urge Iranian authorities to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, into the country, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Impact Iran in a new […]... read more
October 19, 2015

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment October 20, 2015—The health of imprisoned activist Narges Mohammadi has deteriorated, and the prominent human rights defender is now reportedly chained to a hospital bed, denied proper medical treatment for a worsening neurological condition, and prevented from normal family visitation. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls for the immediate release of Mohammadi, […]... read more