Woman filmmaker in Iran sentenced to 18 months in prison

Woman filmmaker in Iran sentenced to 18 months in prison

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: In a contrasting Iranian political climate of acceptance and censure 29-year-old democracy green movement supporter and media personality Ms. Pegah Ahangarani, who is also an actress, documentary filmmaker and film director, has been sentenced by Iran’s conservative judiciary to 18 months in prison. Although the filmmaker has been […]

Post election Iran should remove all past ‘obstacles’ against women, say Iranian women advocates

Post election Iran should remove all past ‘obstacles’ against women, say Iranian women advocates

Golnaz Esfandiari for RFE/RL – WNN Justice (WNN/RFE/RL) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: A group of prominent Iranian women’s rights activists and intellectuals have outlined some of their main demands for President-elect Hassan Rohani, who spoke against gender discrimination during his campaign and said women and men should enjoy the same rights and opportunities. The group […]

We must stop an inhuman penalty against women: Iran’s execution by stoning

We must stop an inhuman penalty against women: Iran’s execution by stoning

WNN reporter on Iran and the Middle East Elahe Amani – WNN OPINION (WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: While the death penalty itself is being eradicated in many countries around the world, the most brutal form of the death penalty—stoning—is still being practiced. Death by stoning has been practiced since the establishment […]

Imprisoned Iran rights attorney Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh gets 3 day release

Imprisoned Iran rights attorney Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh gets 3 day release

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: On the second day of three day temporary release from the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, Iran human rights attorney Ms Nasrin Sotoudeh is reunited with her husband Reza Khandan and two children, Mehraveh age 12 and Nima age 4. Losing weight in what advocates say has brought Sotoudeh down […]

IRAN: ‘Unfair’ death penalty trials bring growing concern to UN Special Rapporteurs

IRAN: ‘Unfair’ death penalty trials bring growing concern to UN Special Rapporteurs

WNN Breaking (WNN) UN GENEVA, Switzerland: Three United Nations Special Rapporteurs* on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, Christof Heyns and Juan E. Méndez condemned the recent execution of four members of the Ahwazi Arab minority in Ahwaz’s Karoun Prison in the Islamic Republic of Iran. They were sentenced to death and executed on or around 19 June, 2012 following a […]

What do imprisoned mothers in Iran fear the most? ‘Being forgotten’

What do imprisoned mothers in Iran fear the most? ‘Being forgotten’

Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) 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 […]

Nobel Women’s Initiative highlights prison case of Iran attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nobel Women’s Initiative highlights prison case of Iran attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nobel Women’s Initiative with WNN – Women News Network – WNN Features (WNN) Iran: For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign the Nobel Women’s Initiative highlighted the plight of Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh who still remains under incarceration in spite of international campaigns for her release. Sotoudeh has […]