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This week in human rights in Iran Women in Iran The right of Iranian women to choose whether they cover their hair and body in an Islamic traditional manner emerged as a major topic again recently. It has been the subject of heated debate since the earliest days of the Islamic Republic in Iran,...
By serving as the middle ground between people and their government, civil society offers citizens an outlet for advocacy and for holding government accountable. Civil society organizations (CSOs) therefore remain independent of government while carrying out activities that complement government...
This week in human rights in Iran Workers’ Rights On May 1, Iranian workers joined their counterparts worldwide to celebrate International Workers’ Day. The Ministry of Labor, as it has done for the last eight years, restricted proceedings to an indoor reception, forbidding a May Day march.  ...
This week in human rights in Iran PRISONER RIGHTS On April 15, one day after Iran’s Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi promised to strive for the release of female political prisoners, lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh expressed hope and optimism for...
This week in human rights in Iran PRISONER RIGHTS The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed to pardon or reduce the sentences of 920 prisoners to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic. The announcement did not indicate however, whether those pardoned...
This week in human rights in Iran PRISONERS RIGHTS On March 13, Abdollah Momeni, prominent student activist and spokesperson for Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat, was released after serving five years in jail. Momeni headed the Free Citizens for Mehdi Karroubi Presidential Campaign and was arrested in June...
This week in human rights in Iran WOMENS RIGHTS On March 8,  people across the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day and honoring the women who work every day to create a more free and just world. In Iran, March 7th will mark the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Leader’s order...
On March 8th women will be celebrated in many countries for their achievements and the crucial role they play in creating a more equitable and free world. Iranian women, like their counterparts across the world, have and continue to strive for the betterment of their society. Nabz-Nameh Esfand...
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION When it comes to freedom of speech and expression, Iran is rated 174 out of 179 in the world. One of the core elements of a free society is the ability to actively and openly express opinion and political beliefs, but unfortunately in Iran this type of action is prohibited and...
LABOR RIGHTS Over the past few years, the Iranian media has been inundated with news of protesting workers struggling to provide for their families as their salaries and overtime wages are being withheld. And with high food prices and rising inflation rate, thousands of workers have once again...