Women journalists imprisoned as Iran tightens down on press freedom

Women journalists imprisoned as Iran tightens down on press freedom

WNN Breaking (WNN/ICHRI) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: The prominent journalist Marzieh Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014, for the implementation of her sentence of 50 lashes and two years’ imprisonment, she announced on Twitter, even though Rasouli has not yet received confirmation of the initial sentence from the appeals court. “They quickly […]

This is the real face of Iranian women

This is the real face of Iranian women

Haleh Anvari – Guardian – Tuesday, 20 May 2014 (originally published 14 May) The Facebook page “Stealthy freedoms of Iranian women”, where Iranian women are sharing photos of themselves without their hijab, is attracting attention in the world’s media. That is no surprise. Iran is a country that has been represented through the garb of […]

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: On Monday March 10 nation members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland along with UN experts discussed heightened dangers for human rights defenders worldwide. Not only are dangers increasing, safe locations for human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders is “shrinking,” […]

IRAN: Old challenges continue for women under new president

IRAN: Old challenges continue for women under new president

Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Despite the election of new President Hassan Rowhani in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), women continue to face new challenges in exercising their civil rights. For women this means a great challenge to reach equality as well as accessing […]

IRAN: Attorney Sotoudeh stops hunger strike as daughter’s travel is allowed

IRAN: Attorney Sotoudeh stops hunger strike as daughter’s travel is allowed

Golnaz Esfandiari – WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Tehran, IRAN: Prominent Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ended her hunger strike earlier this week after the authorities reportedly removed a travel ban they had imposed on her young daughter. Her husband, Reza Khandan, reported the news on his Facebook page on December 4. The news led to expressions of […]

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 […]

Restrictions on Islamic dress for women continue to tighten in Iran

Restrictions on Islamic dress for women continue to tighten in Iran

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: With an increased crackdown on regulations for conservative Islamic dress codes for women in Iran, female security officers, known as the ‘morality police’ have been told to step up their efforts to enforce what Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia says is “bad headscarves, bad dress, and model-type women in vulgar dress.” […]

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. […]