Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Taking a stand for teachers on UN World Teachers’ Day

Elahe Amani – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES: Recognizing teachers worldwide for October 5, 2012 on the United Nations (UN) World Teachers’ Day societies around the world celebrate the vital contribution that teachers make to human development and the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. It’s a time […]

Stoning in Iran can be stopped through human rights, global advocacy & action

Stoning in Iran can be stopped through human rights, global advocacy & action

Elahe Amani – WNN Opinion (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: The U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1984 through resolution 39/46. The Convention entered into force on June 26, 1987. This United Nations Convention against Torture […]

Iran human rights and democracy must not come through war

Iran human rights and democracy must not come through war

Victoria Azad – WNN Opinion (WNN) Stockholm, SWEDEN: For me, who has experienced the ugliness of the Iran and Iraq war, I know that war is an inhumane phenomena and its use uncivilized and unnecessary. The occurrence of war stems from ‘pure human evil’ and the incomplete growth of [all of] us as human beings. […]

IRAN: Mothers in prison suffer with separation from children

IRAN: Mothers in prison suffer with separation from children

Mansoureh Shojaee – WNN Opinion (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: It was in November 2011 when I called Mehraveh on her birthday. What I wanted to ask was if she has found a chance to talk to her mother in private and have a conversation about the matters that girls entering their adolescence crave to talk about, […]

Iran sanctions hit poor & middle classes hardest, not ruling leaders

Iran sanctions hit poor & middle classes hardest, not ruling leaders

Maryam Zar – WNN Opinion (WNN) U.S./IRAN: This week Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced new, stricter sanctions on Iranian banks and those doing business with them, in order to put pressure on Tehran to engage in nuclear negotiations. Last week, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Mark Kirk […]

Hope gives us strength

Hope gives us strength

Parvin Ardalan – WNN Opinion This commentary was written before women have once again begun to be severely harassed by men on the streets of Cairo after they experienced freedom on the streets during the protests. Less than one month following the 16 February ousting of President Mubarak, 18 women rights defenders were arrested, tortured […]