Women’s Rights

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
July 11, 2016

Iran Judiciary Threatens Narges Mohammadi After Her Hunger Strike Gets International Attention

Iran Judiciary Threatens Narges Mohammadi After Her Hunger Strike Gets International Attention A Judicial official has threatened Narges Mohammadi, a leading human rights defender who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for her peaceful activism, in an attempt to force her to end her hunger strike, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Narges Mohammadi’s physical condition has dangerously deteriorated […]... read more
July 7, 2016

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children Taghi Rahmani believes his wife Narges Mohammadi is being mistreated in prison because he fled the country years ago. Iran’s judicial authorities have promised to lift a ban on phone calls between prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi and her children, but she has still not been allowed to speak to her kids. Mohammadi, who […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi on Hunger Strike to Maintain Contact with her Children

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi on Hunger Strike to Maintain Contact with her Children In a desperate bid to gain permission to speak to her children on the phone, the prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi started a wet hunger strike on June 27, 2016. “I am asking for nothing other than being allowed to talk to my children on the phone. If this demand is too great, irrational, […]... read more
June 21, 2016

Authorities Reverse Decision to Release Detained Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Authorities Reverse Decision to Release Detained Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Richard Ratcliffe’s hopes were dashed when he found out that his wife, a British-Iranian dual national who has been detained in Iran without legal representation since April 3, 2016, wasn’t going to be released after all. Ratcliffe told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had telephoned her family in Iran […]... read more
June 21, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights ICHRI– When Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country’s abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government’s inability—or reluctance—to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it.  At a press conference in Norway on June 13, 2016, […]... read more
June 20, 2016

Inside the Women’s Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran’s Evin Prison

Inside the Women’s Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran’s Evin Prison ... read more
June 20, 2016

New Report: Inside the Women’s Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran’s Evin Prison

New Report: Inside the Women’s Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran’s Evin Prison Lack of Medical Care, Denied Family Visitation, Substandard Food, among Conditions in Ward June 20, 2016—Political prisoners held in the Women’s Ward at Iran’s Evin Prison are routinely denied medical care and hospitalization, face severely restricted or denied visitation rights even with their young children, are deprived of regular telephone contact with their families, and […]... read more
June 14, 2016

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat Imprisonment of Prominent Women and Human Rights Defender Is Against International Law, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Rules June 14, 2016—The United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion on the case of the Iranian women’s rights activist and human rights defender, Bahareh Hedayat, demanding her immediate release. The opinion ruled […]... read more