Women’s Rights

September 13, 2016

Translator in Prison for One Year Without Knowing Charges; Her Lawyer Denied Access to Case File

Translator in Prison for One Year Without Knowing Charges; Her Lawyer Denied Access to Case File Translator Marjan Davari has been held in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward for almost a year without knowing the formal charges against her and while being denied proper legal counsel and medical treatment, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “September 23 [2016] will be a year since Ms. Davari was detained,” a […]... read more
September 13, 2016

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison Imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who has been hospitalized since August 21, 2016 for heart problems, has been denied an extension of her medical furlough (temporary leave), a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After going through two hunger strikes in Evin Prison, prison officials and the prosecutor allowed […]... read more
September 12, 2016

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s Sentence Announced Two Weeks Before Rouhani Comes to NY September 12, 2016—The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in […]... read more
September 5, 2016

Iranian Women Made History at Rio Olympics

Iranian Women Made History at Rio Olympics First Olympic Medal Won despite Little Official Support in Iran The Islamic Republic of Iran participated in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with 63 athletes, only nine of whom were women. Yet Kimia Alizadeh, competing in taekwondo, made history when she became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal.  It was […]... read more
September 1, 2016

Judiciary Summons Woman for Seeking Answers About Infant Niece’s Disappearance

Judiciary Summons Woman for Seeking Answers About Infant Niece’s Disappearance Rahleh Rahemipour has been summoned to Evin Prison by the Judiciary and questioned for demanding answers about her missing infant niece, whom Rahemipour says disappeared after the baby was born in Evin Prison in 1984.   “When I started investigating the disappearance of my brother’s daughter in Evin Prison, I attended several civil rights gatherings. […]... read more
August 29, 2016

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran The recently released audio recording of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri sharply denouncing the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 has highlighted disagreements among prominent figures of the Islamic Republic that arose from the decision by Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, to put thousands of political dissidents to death. […]... read more
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