Amnesty International has made a call for immediate action regarding the imprisonment of Maryam Akbari Monfared, a prisoner of conscience who is serving a 15-year sentence at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. She is currently facing reprisals after she filed an official complaint seeking justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre.
Human Rights Watch have published an article on their website concerning Iran’s right to host a volleyball tournament. They say that the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) “should cease awarding Iran the right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country”.
The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have reported about several more recent attacks against women in Iran.
Men in Iran have been taking pictures of themselves wearing hijabs in solidarity with women in the Islamic republic who are forced to cover their hair, reports Harriet Sinclair of the International Business Times.
In a campaign organised by My Stealthy Freedom, which documents women without veils in protest against the compulsory hijab, men have been pictured covering their hair in support, following a recent crackdown on 'improperly dressed' women' by the country's morality police, IBTimes UK reported on Thursday.
Harriet Sinclair has written an article in the International Business Times about the recent news that a group of women in Iran have been arrested “for the crime of riding a bike in a public place”. She also said that the women have been forced to sign a pledge in which they promise not to cycle in public again.
A misogynistic Iranian cleric has announced that immoral behaviour in women is destroying the environment.
This immodest behaviour, including ‘improper veiling’ has reportedly caused a major Iranian river to dry up.
There has been a continuing deterioration in the treatment of political prisoners in Iran since the time that Hassan Rouhani became president of the mullahs’ regime. This includes denying political prisoners the right to proper medical treatment when needed.
A woman has been sentenced to stoning, lashing, and 25 years imprisonment in northern Iran, local state media reported, in the run-up to International Human Rights Day.
Soheila Jelodarzadeh, head of an organ involved in assisting women-supported-families, said: Presently, one million of these women are covered by Emdad Committee and another 200,000 are supported by various aid institutions, but another million of these women are unknown and may suffer social harms.
On Saturday, March 7, a grand gathering, “For Tolerance and Equality against Fundamentalism and Misogyny”, was held in Berlin to mark the International Women’s Day and address the many challenges and hurdles in the pursuit of gender equality. One of the major themes discussed at the event was the extremely destructive role of Islamic Fundamentalism in relation to women rights. Be it the Middle East or Africa, Asia or Europe – Islamic Fundamentalism has emerged as a serious threat to human and women rights, and has to be overcome for the advancement of the cause.
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