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UN Women: culture must not block progress on stopping gender violence

March 4, 2013

Commission on Status of Women opens in New York, but Iran, Russia and Vatican thought to be lobbying against key proposals.

Culture and religion must not be allowed to block proposals to eliminate and prevent violence against women and girls, the head of UN Women said on the eve of what is expected to be the largest global summit ever convened to discuss the issue.

Vatican, Iran resist UN effort fighting violence on women

March 4, 2013

The Vatican, Iran and other religious states are resisting efforts by a UN conference, which started Monday, to demand tougher global standards to prevent violence against women and children.

More than 6,000 non-government groups are registered at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest events held at the UN headquarters which regularly turns into a diplomatic battle.

Honneur Aux Dissidents

October 16, 2012

Au cours de ces dernières semaines, et dans plusieurs pays, des groupes de citoyens ont ouvertement pris position contre les fondamentalistes musulmans, y compris leurs groupes armés.

Honour the Dissenters

October 16, 2012

In the past few weeks, in several countries, groups of citizens have openly taken a stand against Muslim fundamentalists, including armed ones.

Iran: Attempts to weaken feminist movement

August 23, 2012

Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi issued a letter to the United Nations Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, last Friday calling for an investigation into women’s rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Prompted by recent bans on women’s education, the letter outlines an increasingly deteriorating situation for women’s rights and women’s rights defenders in Iran.

Iran: Struggle over what is morally appropriated to wear

July 21, 2012

An annual test of wills between Iran’s morality police and women who dress in ways that are deemed unacceptable has begun in cities across the Islamic republic.

But this year, the stakes are unusually high. As Iranian leaders attempt to deflect the public’s attention from economic woes spurred by crushing foreign sanctions, they risk alienating large segments of a society that is already deeply divided.

لیلا موری کارشناس مسائل زنان و روزنامه نگار است

July 24, 2012

اگرچه این روزها بحث مخالفت با حجاب اجباری در فضای مجازی داغ است و کمپینهای مختلف سایبری با انتشار عکسها، مصاحبه ها و شرح احوالات زنان و مردان ایرانی در خصوص حجاب اجباری سعی در نقد و اعتراض به سیاستهای ۳۳ساله جمهوری اسلامی در خصوص تحمیل یک نوع پوشش خاص و متحد الشکل به زنان ایرانی دارند. ولی بحث حجاب اگر از منظر بین المللی آن نیز مورد توجه قرار گیرد شاید برخورد با مسئله حجاب و اعتراض به اجباری بودن آن را قابل تاملتر کند.

Leila Mouri -- Compulsory Hijab in Iran: There Is No Room for Appeasement

July 24, 2012

Depriving women of their basic rights is not a new subject. But when these rights are ignored by social activists in the name of culture or religion we must be alarmed. Now is the time to stop justifying mandatory hijab in the name of religion, nation, country, or culture. It is time to remind ourselves, as women and human rights activists, that when it comes to women's rights, there is no room for appeasement.

Iran: Women banned from watching Euro 2012

June 10, 2012

Women in Iran are being banned from watching live public screenings of Euro 2012 football games because of an "inappropriate" environment where men could become rowdy, a deputy police commander said Sunday.

"It is an inappropriate situation when men and women watch football in (movie) theatres together," said Bahman Kargar, Iran's deputy police commander in charge of social affairs, according to the ISNA news agency.

Iran: Imprisoned mothers fear being forgotten

May 14, 2012

Tehran, IRAN: Built in 1971 Evin prison, in Iran’s capital city of Tehran, is a place where incarceration for prisoners brings with it depression, frustration and isolation. Prisoners who are mothers often have a secret, and haunting, fear of ‘being forgotten’ by the children they have left behind at home.

The "End of Stoning": Islamic Republic Style

March 12, 2012

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran in his latest report, published on March 7th, welcomed the omission of stoning as a punishment in the newly ratified Islamic Penal Code, but expressed his concern that severe punishments may still be issued at a judge's discretion in accordance with sharia law or fatwas.

Iranian responses to the “Arab spring”: appropriation and contestation

February 29, 2012

While the Iranian government authorities attempted to appropriate the Arab spring, claiming it was a continuation of the Iranian revolution of 1979, the events revived popular longing for democratic change in Iran. Ziba Mir-Hosseini tells Deniz Kandiyoti that no movement for change in Iran can afford to ignore women’s aspiration for equality – a lesson that some of the successful elements in the Arab spring may yet have to learn.

Iran: Women's Bodies Are Still the Subject of Dispute

January 19, 2012

The Iranian actress Goshifteh Farahani has recently posed naked in a French short film alongside a few up-and-coming French artists. In the film, Corps et Âmes (Body and Soul), the actors undressed as a symbol of emancipation from social restrictions. Screenshots from the film were also published on Madame website in which Golshifteh poses topless, with her hands covering her breasts. The photo was removed just one day after being posted; it's likely that the onslaught of negative reactions forced the website to re-think its original decision.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani could be hanged

December 26, 2011

Judiciary officials exploring whether woman whose sentence to death by stoning was suspended can be hanged instead.

Iran: Separation of Men & Women in Government Offices

December 6, 2011

A new law calling for separation of men and women employees in governmental offices will be enforced soon in Iran’s city of Bushehr, reported a Persian language news publication Asr-Iran yesterday.

The law is enforced because, “no one acts on his/her duty,” said Bushehr governor Mohammad Hussein Jahanbakhsh to news reporters.

Many Iranian women resent the fact that they are forced to wear Hijab (Islamic headscarf) or Chador (A large cloth covering the women’s body from head to toe) when they leave home.

Zanan TV Launches

December 3, 2011

Have you heard the news? Zanan TV was launched on 25 November 2011, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

تاریخ سرکوب شدگان، میراث مشترک بشریت*/ شادی صدر

November 5, 2011

بدون شک، ما در برهه ای تاریخی به سر می بریم؛ انقلابهای مردمی در شمال آفریقا و خاورمیانه همه ما را سرشار از امید کرده است. دیکتاتورهایی که سالیان سال، حقوق مردم را به شکلی گسترده و شدید نقض کرده اند، یکی یکی سرنگون می شوند و ما در شادی مردمی شریک می شویم که به خیابانها آمده اند تا حق خود را طلب کنند. تصاویری بسیار تاثیرگذار و قدرتمند است از خوشحالی و امید. اما برای من، و فکر می کنم برای خیلی از ما، فعالان حقوق بشر در سراسر جهان، در کنار این خوشحالی و امید، نگرانی های عمیقی وجود دارد.

Amnesty International: Iranian Official's Statement at UN Cannot Conceal Reality of Persecution of Defence Lawyers

November 18, 2011

Amnesty International deplores the statement at a UN press conference on 16 November 2011 by Mohammad Javad Larijani, the Secretary General of the Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights, that “[n]o lawyer is in prison because he is a lawyer or he is a defender of human rights.”

Shadi Sadr: History of the Oppressed, Humankind’s Common Heritage

November 5, 2011

There is no doubt that we are experiencing history in the making! Popular movements in North Africa and the Middle East have filled the rest of us with hope and optimism. One after another, dictators who for years violated the rights of the people in a widespread and sever manner are being toppled and we join the jubilation of the people who have stormed the streets to demand their just rights. The images of such moments are powerful and impressive; filled with happiness and hope. And yet for me, and certainly I am not alone in this, so in fact for many of us human rights activists across the world, such happiness and hope are accompanied with deep concerns.

Iran: UN Bodies Shine Light On Ongoing Degradation of Human Rights Situation

November 7, 2011

Amnesty International calls on the Iranian authorities to fully implement the recent recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the body charged with overseeing implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Iran is a state party. The Concluding Observations follow two recent UN reports highlighting human rights violations in Iran: the report by the UN Secretary General to the UN General Assembly published on 15 September 20111 and the interim report of the newly-appointed Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, published on 23 September2.

Iran: Release of Actress Highlights Plight of Film Makers

October 27, 2011

The release of an Iranian actress sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in prison after appearing in a banned film highlights the need to release other detained filmmakers in Iran, Amnesty International said today.

Iran: 280 Activists Condemn Flogging Sentence for Marzieh Vafamehr

October 21, 2011

A statement issued on behalf of 280 Iranian cultural and social activists is expressing their support for Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who has been sentenced to flogging for her role in “My Tehran for Sale.”

Iran: A Long Run to Comply with Human Rights Obligations

October 18, 2011

Geneva, 18th October 2011. The Human Rights Committee sent a clear message to the Iranian delegation during the review of the third periodic report on 17 and 18 October 2011. The lack of transparency in the written information sent by the State, as well as the deviating responses during the review, prevented this mechanism to yield its potential as a space for constructive dialogue.

Iran: Film Actress Sentenced to 90 Lashes

October 10, 2011

An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian actress to one year in jail and 90 lashes related to her role in an Australian-made film portraying social alienation, artistic repression and drug use in Iran, according to an Iranian opposition website.

Iran: Activist Narges Mohammadi Jailed for 11 Years

September 28, 2011

A prominent Iranian human rights activist who was taken seriously ill after being detained by the authorities has been sentenced to 11 years in jail.

Iran: Deputy Says Female Defendants Should Not Wear Chador In Court

September 21, 2011

Iranian parliament deputy Laleh Eftekhari has criticized female defendants who appear in court wearing the compulsory chador, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Eftekhari said the "sanctity of the chador would be blemished" if such women wear it, and the sight of women thus attired would have a "negative impact on society."

She added that most "guilty female defendants" do not believe in the full-body Islamic veil and have to be forced to wear one when they appear in court.

Iran: Social Media Gives Women a Voice

September 22, 2011

Female protesters were beaten, raped and intimidated in a post-election crackdown by the Iranian authorities. Silenced by stigma and fear, these women are now using social media to bear witness to the horror.

Iran: 500 activists condemn escalation of violence against women

July 26, 2011

Physical and sexual violence against women in Iran, including violence perpetrated by state security forces, is rapidly increasing.

News releases in official media, which usually censor such topics, have surprisingly reported on incidents of gang rape and assaults against women.

Examples include incidents in the provinces of Isfahan (where 10 women were gang raped by 14 men), Golestan (where a village doctor was raped and assaulted by 4 men and a young girl was murdered by 2 men), and Khorasan.

Gay Rights: A World of Inequality

September 15, 2011

Gay people still live in fear in many countries around the world – prejudice, torture and execution are common. Can two new legal and diplomatic campaigns change attitudes?

Iran: Parliament Further Delays Polygamy Bill

July 27, 2011

Parliament has once again delayed consideration of a controversial bill to amend the Family Protection Act, which would give Iranian men the right to multiple marriages without first proving adequate financial resources.

The Khaneh Mellat website cites MP Moussa Ghorbani as saying that the 23rd amendment to the Family Protection Act has been omitted from the parliamentary agenda and will be considered at a later date.

Iranian women call for action on gang-rapes

August 1, 2011

As a human rights worker I am used to hearing shocking stories. However, a recent spate of gang-rapes and sexual assaults in Iran highlights increasing violence against women in a country where women’s rights are already under extreme pressure.

Most disturbing of all is the response of Iranian officials to a series of up to six separate, brutal attacks over the past few months.

One senior official even suggested that some of these crimes could have been avoided if the women targeted had adhered to Iran’s strict dress code, or hijab.

Iran: The life of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani remains in the balance

July 8, 2011

A year after public attention was cast upon Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s plight, her life appears to remain in the balance.

Iran: Gang rapes cause fear and religious controversy

June 15, 2011

Recent reports of gang rapes in Iran are worrying women and raising questions about social values, reports Mohammad Manzarpour of the BBC Persian Service.

Paradoxes of Iranian Society Spur on Heroic Women

June 1, 2011

Haleh Sahabi is the latest Iranian woman to die in political violence. On Wednesday, security forces attempting to cut short the Tehran funeral of her father scuffled with Sahabi, 55, who died of an apparent heart attack.

Iran: Incarcerated Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh - "I Object to these Sentences, With or Without a License to Practice the Law"

May 29, 2011

Feminist School: At the request of the judicial authorities, Nasrin Sotoudeh was summoned from Evin prison today May 29th, 2011 to attend a court hearing at the Iranian Bar Association concerning the revocation of her license to practice the law. According to reports received by the Feminist School, however, her court hearing was rescheduled.

While awaiting her court hearing, Sotoudeh wrote a letter to her husband Reza Khandan. The content of Sotoudeh’s letter is as follows:My dear Reza,

An Eye for an Eye: Iran's Blinding Justice System

May 15, 2011

Iran's judiciary has postponed the blinding of a man as punishment for throwing acid in the face of a young woman in 2004, after she rejected his offer of marriage. The delay came in the face of mounting outcry from both inside Iran and the West over the sentence, which is permissible under qesas, a principle of Islamic law allowing victims analogous retribution for violent crimes.

Iran: Visualising Power, Documenting Resistance - an interview with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

May 15, 2011

Persistently harrassed by the government, Iranian film maker Mahboubeh Abbasgolizadeh has found her mode of resistance in her craft. Her films have not only dealt with women who are oppressed by a fundamentalist regime. Behind the otherwise simple plots are real relations of power, that tells us much about Iran. 


Iran: Draft law undermining independent NGOs

April 6, 2011

The Iranian parliament must scrap a draft law which will seriously undermine independent non-governmental organizations in Iran, Amnesty International said today.

The bill, which has been extensively analyzed by the Netherlands-based NGO Arseh Sevom, requires all NGOs in Iran to register with a new and unaccountable body linked to the Intelligence Ministry and to the Basij, a volunteer paramilitary force, which will also be able to revoke registration.

Shirin Ebadi: who defines Islam?

March 21, 2011

"Egyptian women are lucky in one way. They have witnessed the predicament of Iranian women and seen how the Islamic state has hijacked the Iranian revolution, changed the laws and reversed women’s gains. My advice to Egyptian women is “do not give way to a government that would force you to choose between your rights and Islam”. I believe that Iran was a lesson for the women in the entire region". Shirin Ebadi in conversation with Deniz Kandiyoti

Iran: Supreme Court - No Divorce Even if Additional Wife Taken

October 12, 2010

If a wife refuses to perform her wifely duties, the wife's right to divorce from her husband is not realizable or enforceable, even if he takes another wife.

Iran Case: consensus number 716-20/7/1389
Date: 12 October 2010
Judges: Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei, the General Prosecutor of Iran and the Majority of the General Assembly of the Iran Supreme Court

Iran: International Women’s Day celebration marred by continued detention of dozens of women

March 8, 2011

Amnesty International today called on the Iranian authorities to release immediately all women detained arbitrarily in Iran, including political activists, rights defenders and members of religious and ethnic minorities.

Iran: Science Minister Urges Sex Segregation in Universities

February 9, 2011

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's science minister has called for universities to enforce strict sex segregation, saying allowing men and women to mingle on campus is a sign of the influence of alien western values, media reported.

Strict laws adopted after the 1979 revolution which founded the Islamic Republic bar any contact between men and women, but implementation of those rules varies widely. Conservative politicians have often called for stricter observance.

Update: Iran: Shiva Nazar Ahari’s Four Year Sentence Is Final, Says Lawyer

January 11, 2011

While various media have published news of an appeals court’s ruling of four years in prison and 74 lashes for human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari, her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif has not yet been served with the ruling.  ”I have not yet been officially served with the verdict, and unfortunately, the news was publicized in the media without my knowledge. I learned about the ruling through the press, too,” he said.

Amnesty International: Iranian women face prison for rights petition

January 7, 2011


At any moment, women’s rights activists Fatemeh Masjedi and Maryam Bidgoli could be sent to prison for six months for peacefully collecting signatures for a petition demanding an end to discrimination against women in law in Iran.

Top Iranian Lawyer Unjustly Sentenced to 11 years in Prison

January 9, 2011

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called the 11-year prison sentence of leading human rights lawyer  Nasrin Sotoudeh a “gross miscarriage of justice” and said that it should be  overturned by an appeals court.

Iran: Discrimination and Violence Against Sexual Minorities

December 15, 2010

(Amsterdam, December 15, 2010) – Discriminatory laws and policies against homosexuals and other sexual minorities in Iran put them at risk of harassment, violence, and even death, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iran’s sexual minorities, especially those who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), are victimized both by state and private actors in part because those actors know they can get away with it.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani 'at home' pictures trigger confusion over her fate

December 10, 2010

Confusion surrounds the fate of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman whose sentence of death by stoning for adultery in Iran triggered an international outcry.

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ‘Resumes Hunger Strike’ In Prison

December 9, 2010

Take Action!: VNC Action Alert on Nasrin Sotoudeh 

Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh is on hunger strike for the third time, her husband has told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani 'freed'

December 9, 2010

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, 43, was pictured at her home in Osku, north-western Iran, by the state-run Press TV channel.

The mother of two had been in prison since 2006 and was due to be executed for having an “illicit relationship outside marriage”.

She received the sentence in 2007 after being convicted of a relationship with a man who was judged to have murdered her husband.

Iran: Women's Rights Lawyer Shadi Sadr Legal Award + Speech

November 11, 2010

The Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize brings recognition to lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity. The 2010 Award winner is Shadi Sadr, Iranian Human Rights and Women's Rights lawyer, and WLUML Council Member. The Committee selected Shadi Sadr because of her ceaseless dedication to championing the cause of Iranian women and risking her freedom to defend those who are wrongfully accused and imprisoned.

Iran: Don't ignore human rights abuse

November 9, 2010


The international community must not use Iran's participation in 5+1 talks to deflect attention from its human rights violations.

One Day One Struggle: International Campaign to Promote Sexual and Bodily Rights across Muslim Societies

November 9, 2010

On November 9, 2010, the 2nd international “One Day One Struggle” Campaign to promote sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies will take place in 12 countries across Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Iran's Women: A Movement in Transition

October 19, 2010

The women’s movement for gender equality in Iran has for thirty years been at the heart of wider political struggles in the Islamic Republic. Sanam Vakil tracks three major phases in its development and identifies the ingredients of a fourth.

Germany seeks release of 'journalists' held in Iran

October 12, 2010

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her government wants to secure the release of two foreigners arrested in Iran - believed to be German reporters.Iran said on Monday it had held two "foreign nationals" who it said were activists posing as reporters.

The pair had been interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, who has been sentenced to death by stoning.

It is thought Ms Ashtiani's son Sajjad and her lawyer may also have been arrested.

Shiva Nazar Ahari Iranian human rights defender released

September 12, 2010


Shiva Nazar Ahari, a 26 year old notable Iranian human rights defender, was released today after an ongoing international campaign on Islamic regime

Campaigning must continue to end stoning

August 13, 2010

SAKINEH Mohammadi Ashtiani could be stoned to death or hanged in Iran within days.


Facing arrest, her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, fled to Norway via Turkey, where he was briefly detained. His wife and two relatives were held hostage in Tehran's Evin prison. They have since been released on bail. Non-government organisations campaigned forcefully on their behalf. However, few Muslim or non-Muslim leaders have spoken out against the criminalisation of adultery and its punishment by stoning.

Vatican condems sentencing of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

September 5, 2010


VATICAN CITY – The Vatican raised the possibility Sunday of using behind-the-scenes diplomacy to try to save the life of an Iranian widow sentenced to be stoned for adultery.

In its first public statement on the case, which has attracted worldwide attention, the Vatican decried stoning as a particularly brutal form of capital punishment.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the Catholic church opposes the death penalty in general.

'Carla Bruni is a prostitute', says Iranian newspaper

August 30, 2010

An Iranian newspaper has called Carla Bruni, France's first lady, a "prostitute" after she attacked Iran's plan to stone a woman to death.

 The president's wife is part of a campaign to save the life of 43-year-old mother of two, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

Ashtiani is accused of cheating on her husband and then helping to kill him.

She is now facing capital punishment for her crimes.

France has urged the European Union to threaten new sanctions over the case.

There were marches in several French cities this weekend in support of Ashtiani.

Crime (Sex) and Punishment (Stoning)

August 21, 2010


It may be the oldest form of execution in the world, and it is certainly among the most barbaric. In the West, death by stoning is so remote from experience that it is best known through Monty Python skits and lurid fiction like Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery.”

IRAN: Prosecutor urges tighter checks for women's Islamic dress code

July 18, 2010

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's prosecutor called on Sunday for tighter checks on women who fail to observe Islamic dress code in public, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Under Iran's Sharia law, imposed after the 1979 Islamic revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes. Violators can receive lashes, fines or imprisonment.

A Statement of Concern Regarding the Televised ‘Confession’ by Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

August 19, 2010

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network deplore the staging of a ‘public confession’ on Iranian television by Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, who is awaiting execution in Iran by stoning for adultery. 


Iranian State TV Acts as an Arm of the Intelligence Apparatus

August 11, 2010

(11 August 2010) The Iranian state-controlled radio and television, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), has acted as an arm of intelligence and security agencies implicated in gross human rights violations since the disputed presidential election of June 2009, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani 'confesses' to murder on state TV

August 12, 2010

The Iranian woman whose sentence to death by stoning sparked an international outcry is feared to be facing imminent execution, after she was put on a state-run TV programme last night where she confessed to adultery and involvement in a murder. Speaking shakily in her native Azeri language, which could be heard through a voiceover, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani told an interviewer that she was an accomplice to the murder of her husband and that she had an ext

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani offered asylum by Brazil's president Lula

August 1, 2010

Offer raises hopes Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, will be spared.

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has stepped into the international outcry over Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, by offering his country as a refuge, a move which raised hopes her life will be spared.

نامه سرگشاده به کانون وکلای دادگستری: در مقابل سیاست گروگانگیری و انتقام جویی سکوت نکنید!

July 28, 2010

ریاست محترم کانون وکلای ایران، اعضای محترم هیات مدیره

مطمئنا با خبر شده اید که در روز شنبه 2 مرداد 1389، ماموران امنیتی چند ساعت پس از اینکه با مراجعه به دفتر محمد مصطفایی، یکی از فعال ترین وکلای حقوق بشری ایران، نتوانستند او را بیابند، همسر و برادر همسر وی را در مقابل دفتر او دستگیر کردند و به زندان اوین بردند. بازپرس دادسرای انقلاب در زندان اوین به آنها گفته است تا زمانی که محمد مصطفایی خود را معرفی نکند، آنها در زندان خواهند ماند.

Iran: List of those awaiting execution by stoning

July 17, 2010

By: Soheila Vahdati

As protests against the stoning of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani arose amongst the public and western officials, the IRI embassy in London announced that the verdict would not be stoned to death. On the contrary, the Secretary of Judiciary Commission of Human Rights declared that death by stoning does exist in the law of the country and that it would be implemented.

Iran: Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani ordered to name campaigners

July 22, 2010

has put fresh pressure on the woman it last month sentenced to death by stoning, demanding the names of those involved in the campaign for her release.

Iran execution of woman temporarily halted, state media reports

July 12, 2010

(CNN) -- Iran's judiciary chief has temporarily halted the execution of a woman convicted of adultery, state media reported Sunday, citing a judicial official.


Iran stonings are a legal nightmare

July 9, 2010

 -- Imagine a woman dying under a rain of stones while buried in the ground to the top of her breasts. Imagine faceless figures throwing pebbles at her. Imagine her last thoughts, wishes and dreams. Imagine her hoping to magically survive this brutal punishment.

Imagine her children watching her bleed and moan as people throw stones with ignorance and cruelty. Imagine this nightmare taking place under the present-day laws of a country.

Iran halts woman's death by stoning, but she could still face execution

July 9, 2010

The authorities in Iran have announced that a woman convicted of adultery will not be stoned to death.

But it is not clear whether they have lifted the death sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been in prison in Tabriz since 2006.

The 43-year-old had already been punished with flogging for an "illicit relationship" outside marriage when another court tried her for adultery.

There has been an international campaign to prevent her being stoned.

Norway condems imminent stoning in Iran

July 6, 2010

6 July, State Secretary Espen Barth Eide summoned the Iranian Ambassador, Seyed Hossein Rezvani, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with two death sentences in Iran.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been sentenced to death by stoning for infidelity, and Mohammad Reza Haddadi has been sentenced to death for an crime allegedly committed when he was a minor. The case of Majid Tavakkoli was also raised. Mr Tavakkoli has been imprisoned for his political activities as a student, and is serving his sentence in isolation.

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has called on Iran to put an immediate stay to the execution of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani by stoning

July 7, 2010

Speaking on Ms Mohammadi-Ashtiani's case, Alistair Burt said:

"I am deeply distressed by reports of the imminent execution of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani by stoning in Iran. Stoning is a medieval punishment that has no place in the modern world. The continued use of such a punishment in Iran demonstrates a blatant disregard for international human rights commitments which it has entered into freely, as well as the interests of its people.

Iran: Strict Dress Code Campaign Enforced by Morality Police

June 15, 2010

High Price of "Bad Hejab": Morality police back with a vengeance, after apparent respite

When Iranian girls go out these days, their friends warn them they face trouble if they are wearing makeup or are fashionably dressed.

Their friends point out that they have a 1,000-dollar price tag on their heads.

Iran: High Price of “Bad Hejab” in Iran

June 16, 2010

Rasa Sowlat | Mashhad | 16 June 2010

When Iranian girls go out these days, their friends warn them they face trouble if they are wearing makeup or are fashionably dressed.

Their friends point out that they have a 1,000-dollar price tag on their heads.

They would do well to heed such advice, because the Iranian police launched a new drive a few weeks ago to crack down on anyone deemed to be wearing “bad hejab” or to be flouting the rules of chaste behaviour in other ways.

Iran: SKSW/WLUML Statement on planned stoning to death of young mother in East Azerbaijan Province

June 18, 2010

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws urge all concerned to immediately contact the Iranian officials to express their concern over the planned stoning to death of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani.

Iran: Crisis Deepening One Year After Disputed Elections

June 10, 2010

(New York, June 10, 2010) – Iran’s government is tightening its grip, harassing, imprisoning, and using violence against its own people one year after the disputed 2009 presidential election and the start of its brutal crackdown, Human Rights Watch said today. The anniversary of the June 12, 2009 election falls two days after a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, during which Iran defied criticisms of its human rights record.

A Birthday in Evin Prison – an opportunity to remember Iran’s prisoners

June 10, 2010

By Ann Harrison, East Gulf researcher for Amnesty International

To coincide with the 12 June anniversary of the disputed election last year in Iran, Amnesty International has prepared a campaign to highlight the situation of political prisoners, many of whom are prisoners of conscience, who are still held in Iran.

The year-long campaign was launched on Wednesday by a report which detailed the journey from protest to prison of ever-increasing numbers of Iranians.

Iran: The brutal crackdowns only make Iran's women stronger

June 8, 2010

By: Shirin Ebadi:

The protest movement is now a year old – but the feminists at its helm can look back on decades of courageous activism.

Iran: Marking a Year of Struggle

June 9, 2010

The fourth of a series of updates on ARTICLE 19's work to combat censorship in Iran
It is feared that the unrest and associated government crackdown caused by last year’s controversial presidential elections in Iran will intensify as the anniversary of the elections draws near. The government is now holding more unfair trials that often lead to long-term imprisonment or in many cases execution.

The Politics of UN Human Rights Council and Iran's Candidacy

April 17, 2010

The Islamic Republic of Iran, in a provocative act, has announced its candidacy for the United Nation Human Rights Council, a UN organization based in Geneva. The candidacy of Iran comes at a time that during the last 10 months, Iranians are experiencing one of the darkest periods of human rights violations since 1979 revolution. The candidacy of Iran for the UN Human Rights Council is comparable to electing apartheid South Africa to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination or to awarding the US for humane treatment of detainee's right after the world was shocked with pictures revealing sexual torture and humiliation of naked prisoners.

Women Online In Iran Brave Heavy Web Surveillance

April 9, 2010

Iranian female journalists are veterans of government closure of their print publications and early Internet ventures. Now they are prevailing against the region's most advanced censoring and monitoring software.

(WOMENSENEWS)--Iranian women have pushed the battle for equal rights online even as security forces aggressively monitor the Internet and shut down pro-democracy Web sites that fall out of step with the regime.

Iranian cleric blames quakes on promiscuous women

April 20, 2010

Women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes, an Iranian cleric says.

Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, the acting Friday prayer leader in Tehran, said women should stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves.

"Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes," he explained.

Tens of thousands of people have died in Iran earthquakes in the last decade.

Iran Elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women

April 29, 2010

NEW YORK — Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."

Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is "dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women," according to its website.

Iran: Sadr dedicates Woman of Courage Award to imprisoned Activist Shiva Nazar Ahari

Shadi Sadr, a renowned Iranian human rights lawyer, women’s rights activist and member of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) – International Solidarity Network Council, has been awarded the International Women of Courage Award 2010. Ms. Sadr was also the recipient of the Lech Walesa and the Dutch "Human Rights Tulip" awards in 2009.

Iran - Women Fight Polygamy Proposal

They say it weakens their role and status at home and in society.

Iranian women’s groups and other rights organisations are fighting a much discussed proposed law which they say would encourage polygamy by allowing a man to take a second wife without the permission of the first in certain circumstances.

By Sahar Sepehri in Washington (MR No. 22, 01-Feb-10)

The proposal comes at a time when the country has been rocked by protests, in which women have played a major part, following the disputed re-election last June of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran: Women's Rights Campaign Activists - Arrests & Summons Report

Change for Equality: The following report, outlines the pressures faced by activists involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign, including arrests, summons, sentences, travel bans, and search of property. The report was compiled in November 2009 and updated in late December 2009. Several of the members of the Campaign who have been arrested in the past few weeks days are not included in the report, including:

Iran: No Information About Detained Women’s Rights Activist

Hundreds of Detainees in Similar Situations, Disappeared into Prisons

“Starred Student” was Blacklisted from Graduate Studies for her Peaceful Women’s Rights Activism

(21 January 2010) Iranian judicial and prison authorities have refused to release any information about charges against women’s rights activist Somayeh Rashidi (24), who was arrested on 19 December 2009, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported today.

Arrest of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi's Sister

Increased Intimidation, Political Violence, and Clampdowns on Iranian Human Rights Activists

December 29, 2009

Amnesty International - Iran: End slide to more bloodshed


28 December 2009

Iran: End slide to more bloodshed

Iran: Women human rights defender, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, has been arrested

The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network is gravely concerned to learn of the arrest of our colleague, friend and networker, Ms. Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh.

UN expert on extrajudicial killings condemns execution of juvenile offender in Iran

GENEVA (13 October 2009) -- The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary or summary executions, Mr. Philip Alston, today denounced the hanging of Behnoud Shojaie, a young man sentenced to death for killing another boy in a street fight in 2005 when he was aged 17.

Iran: Execution of juvenile scheduled for Monday

Iran: Execution of juvenile scheduled for Monday
Source: Amnesty International

Stoning to be omitted from Iran penal laws

Head of the Majlis judiciary commission Ali Shahrokhi says stoning, heresy and cutting hands will be omitted from Iran's penal laws.

Man Stoned To Death In Iran For Adultery

TEHRAN (Reuters) -- A man has been stoned to death in Iran for adultery but the woman involved in the case repented, the judiciary said, suggesting her life was spared.

Kobra N. Saved from Stoning after 13 Years

Women's Field: Kobra N.'s stoning sentence has been converted into one hundred lashes, according to a new verdict by the Head of Iranian Judiciary.

Stoning Continues in Iran: At least 10 More People are at Risk of Death by Stoning

Press Release of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign: Stoning Continues in Iran: At least 10 More People are at Risk of Death by Stoning
Date: 2009/01/10

Two Executed by Stoning, as a Third Escapes

Judiciary Claimed Practice Had Been Stopped

From: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Stoning of a woman is upheld

Translated by: Rochelle Terman, SKSW Campaign from the original Persian, Rooz Online.

The 27th Iranian Court District approved of the stoning of a Afsaneh, woman from Shiraz, Iran.

Book: Sharia and Islamic Jurisprudence Allow for Abolition of the Death Penalty

Book: Sharia and Islamic Jurisprudence Allow for Abolition of the Death Penalty

Arabic translation of “Right to Life” by Emad Baghi

UN human rights chief speaks out against reported stoning in Iran

June 10, 2007

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour spoke out against the reported stoning last week of a man in Iran and urged the country not to execute his companion or any other person in the same unlawful manner.

تلاش برای نجات دو خواهر محکوم به سنگسار

February 4, 2008

دو خواهر جوان که هر کدام مادر یک کودک هستند، بنا به شکایت شوهر یکی از آنان دادگاهی می‌شوند. بنا به حکم دادگاه، ۹۹ ضربه شلاق می‌خورند. ولی به دلیلی نامعلوم دوباره به زندان بازگردانده ‏می‌شوند. شش ماه بعد، دوباره به همان جرم دادگاهی می‌شوند. و اینبار به سنگسار محکوم می‌گردند. دیوان عالی ‏کشور نیز حکم سنگسار را تایید کرده است.

A Campaign to Stop Stoning

February 15, 2008

Iranian women's rights activists are working to stop stoning in their country. It's time for us to help them.

States Fuel ‘honour killings’

January 31, 2008

CASABLANCA, Jan 31 (IPS) - State-directed violence, the refusal to give up the death penalty and the holding of public executions are some of the principal factors that are supporting the continuing resort to the age-old practice of 'honour killings', murder to cleanse a family name of shame.

URGENT: Two Sisters Sentenced to be Stoned to Death ***Farsi Version***

February 2, 2008

ایران: حکم سنگسار زهره و آذر کبیری را متوقف کنید

شبکه جهانی "زنان متأثر از قوانین اسلامی" و کمپین جهانی قانون بدون سنگسار ا شهروندان آگاه و نگران میخواهد تا از طریق تلفن و یا فکس فورا با مقامات رسمی ایرانی تماس گرفته و خواستار لغو مجازات سنگسار زهره و آذر کبیری در ایران شوند.

14-Year-Old Stoned to Death by Father

February 15, 2008

A 14 years old girl, identified as Saeedeh, has been stoned to death by her own father, reported the daily newspaper Qods yesterday.

URGENT: Two Sisters Sentenced to be Stoned to Death

February 4, 2008

Zohreh and Azar are two young sisters from Khademabad, near Karaj, Iran. Both were arrested on February 5, 2007 due to allegations of adultery given by Sohreh’s husband.