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This week in human rights in Iran Women’s rights On November 25, on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, women’s rights groups and individual activists launched a Farsi-language Twitter storm with the hashtag #خشونت_علیه_زنان (“#ViolenceAgainstWomen)....
Nabz-Nameh November 2015 Introduction In April 2015, the Iranian Majles passed a bill that would require the government to carry out parliamentary elections at the provincial level. While electoral districts in Iran are currently drawn up along county lines, this bill would expand the districts to...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On November 8, Kurdish teacher and political activist Ali Hossein Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison by a Revolutionary Court. In late summer, he delivered speeches in which he called on people to not remain silent in the face of...
This week in human rights in Iran Women’s rights Recently, discussion around the level of women’s participation in political affairs has reached the headlines again. A group of women’s rights activists in Iran has launched a new campaign by the name of “Change the Masculine Face of Majles”. The...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On October 7, it was announced that Iran will boycott the Frankfurt Book Fair because of the presence of Indian-British writer Salman Rushdie. Although in recent years Iranian authorities have attempted to distance Iran’s official policy from...
This week in human rights in Iran Civic activism With the onset of the cold season in Iran, a group of civic activists in Ilam have started an initiative to collect warm clothing for those in need. These individuals have placed clothes hangers on the streets, asking citizens to donate their second-...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On September 14, concerts by traditional singer Shahram Nazeri and pop singer Reza Sadeghi were canceled in Tabriz and Kerman, respectively. In recent months, many concerts have been canceled in various cities, and the controversy over the...
This week in human rights in Iran Environment On August 28, Bijan Farhang Darehshori, one of Iran’s most experienced environmental experts, said in an interview that the most important reason for the destruction of the environment in Iran is the lack of planning and management of environmental...
This week in human rights in Iran Freedom of expression On August 9, the play “Pinocchia” was suspended after only a three-day run at Iranshahr Theater. The official reason for the suspension was the attire of the actresses and certain dialogues. In Iran there is generally more tolerance toward...
This week in human rights in Iran Prisoners’ rights On July 29, Taghi Rahmani protested the refusal of judicial officials to provide medical treatment for his wife Narges Mohammadi, who suffers from various respiratory and nervous illnesses. Prison officials have denied Mohammadi the special...