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Nasrin Sotoudeh's Lawyer: "They Came After Her From Three Directions"

- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh once defended political prisoners but she is now trying to avoid becoming one herself as she wades through the complicated case Iran's judiciary has built against her. Sotoudeh was caught off guard when she was suddenly transported from her home to Evin Prison in Tehran on June 13, 2018. Later she was informed that she was detained due to a five-year prison sentence that was issued against her in absentia in 2015 by Revolutionary Court Judge Mohammad Moghiseh. - 8/16/18

How US Sanctions Impede the Women's Movement in Iran

- While the world's attention was on US President Donald Trump's Twitter war with Tehran the other week, some good news in Iran escaped notice. A group of women's rights activists arrested in front of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs on International Women's Day were acquitted, after initially being charged for planning and participating in a protest on the economic situation of women. -Sussan Tahmasebi, Atlantic Council - 8/11/18

Iranian-American woman Shabnam Lotfi running for Wisconsin's 77th District State Assembly

- The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of PAAIA, has announced its endorsement of Shabnam Lofti for Wisconsin's 77th District State Assembly. If elected, she would be the first Iranian American to serve in the Wisconsin Legislature. - 8/6/18

IRAN: Detention Order For Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Extended Under Two National Security Charges

- Iran's judiciary has extended the detention of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is facing two national security charges for peacefully engaging in her profession. "When her one-month detention order expired, they extended it for another month after a 10-day delay," her husband Reza Khandan told the state-funded Iranian Students News Agency on July 30, 2018. - 8/1/18

Support For Compulsory Hijab Waning, Report by Iranian Parliament Says

- The Majles Research Center (MRC) says the number of people who believe in hijab as a religious value, as well as those who believe violating the so-called Islamic dress code is a punishable offense, has been gradually dropping in Iran. - 7/30/18

Iranian Judiciary Closes Acid Attack Cases With No Convictions But Promises Victims Compensation

- Nearly four years after a series of acid attacks on women in the Iranian city of Isfahan, the judiciary has closed the cases without any convictions while pledging to compensate the victims. "This was a public crime that does not go away with the passage of time and therefore it makes no sense to close the case," Iranian Canadian attorney Hossein Raeesi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 19. - 7/21/18

Iranian Girls Burned in 2012 School Fire Protest for Aid in Tehran

- A group of Iranian girls who suffered severe burns in a 2012 school fire have staged a protest in Tehran to draw attention to what they say are broken promises of government aid. An Iranian lawyer representing the 11 girls sent VOA Persian several images showing them and their supporters gathered outside the compound of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday. -Shahram Bahraminejad & Michael Lipin, VOA - 7/20/18

Iran's President Rouhani Renews Calls For Women's Access To Stadium

- Responding to a report filed by his cabinet's sports minister, President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that women's access to Tehran's main stadium, Azadi, should continue. Meanwhile, the general manager of Azadi (Freedom) stadium, Nasser Mahmoudifar, who let Iranian women enter the arena after almost four decades of being banned, says he has been fired for doing so. - 7/17/18

Iran Arrests 46 Fashion Workers Including Eight Models in Hormozgan Province

- Forty-six members of what security officials have described as an online "modeling ring," including 8 female models, were arrested at an unspecified date in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan according to an announcement by local police chief Gen. Azizollah Maleki on July 16, 2018. - 7/17/18

Detained Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Writes Defiant Letter to Tehran Prosecutor

- Prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has written a stinging letter to the Tehran prosecutor condemning the sentence issued against one of her clients who was arrested for peacefully protesting Iran's compulsory hijab law. "Tell your judges to issue heavier triple-digit sentences and use foul language if they want, but it won't make a difference because women have decided to rule over their own bodies and men are distancing themselves from your actions, which are an insult to their character," Sotoudeh said in an open letter from Evin Prison addressing Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi. - 7/13/18

Bust of Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari unveiled at NLAI: A woman commander in Iran's Constitutional Revolution

- A bust of Bibi Maryam Bakhtiari, a Lorish revolutionary and activist of the Constitutional Revolution, was set at the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) on Tuesday evening. As a military commander, Bibi Maryam played a distinguished role when Bakhtiari tribal forces, with the help of modern arms from the German Empire, successfully captured Tehran in 1909 as part of the revolutionary campaign to force the central government to establish democratic reforms. - 7/13/18

Iran's Forcing of Teenage Girl to Confess on State TV for Posting Dance Video Prompts Strong Outcry

- Forcing a teenage girl to confess on state TV for the "crime" of posting a video of herself dancing on Instagram represents a blatant violation of freedom of expression and demonstrates the extent to which the authorities are brutally imposing their cultural dictates on the people of Iran. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) condemns the Iranian authorities' arrest and inhumane treatment of 18-year-old Maedeh Hojabri. - 7/10/18

Facing 20-Year Prison Sentence for Taking Headscarf Off in Public, Woman Flees Iran

- Shaparak Shajarizadeh, one of the women who took her headscarf off in public during the ongoing protests against forced hijab that have roiled Iran over the last six months, has been sentenced to two years in prison and an 18-year suspended sentence. Shajarizadeh relayed the sentence, issued for "not observing Islamic hijab" and "encouraging corruption" by Branch 1089 of Tehran's Criminal Court under Judge Abolghasem Salavati, on her Instagram page on July 8. - 7/10/18

Four Iranian Female Sufis Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment Each Under National Security Charge

- Four followers of Iran's persecuted Sufi Gonabadi Order have been sentenced to five years in prison each after being arrested at a protest in Tehran in February 2018. Dr. Nazila Nouri, Avisha Jalaleddin, Shima Entesari and Sima Entesari were found guilty of "assembly and collusion against national security" by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran in early July 2018. The news was reported via a tweet by Sufi former lawyer Mostafa Daneshjou‏ on July 3. - 7/5/18

Iran: Progress on Ban for Women at Stadiums

- Iranian authorities and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should ensure that women and girls can freely attend all future men's sports matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 20 and 25, 2018, the authorities opened Azadi stadium's doors to women and men to watch a live screening of the last two games of Iran's national football team at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/29/18

Iranian Journalist and Political Activist Detained For Criticizing Iran's Judiciary

- Well-known journalist and political activist Hengameh Shahidi was arrested upon leaving a hospital in Iran's Kish Island after strongly criticizing state policies on social media and in interviews with foreign media. - 6/29/18

'Victory' For Iranian Women But Loss For Team At Last World Cup Game

- Iranian women have scored another victory as they publicly viewed a World Cup game for only the second time in 40 years, but their team was eliminated from the tournament partly as a result of controversial decisions by referees in a game against Portugal. -RFE/RL - 6/26/18

Hardline Iranian Prosecutor Lashes Out As Women Demand Presence In Stadiums

- Iran's hardline Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri denounced the presence of women in Tehran's main football stadium Azadi saying he was "ashamed" of telling what has taken place there. On June 20, Iranian women were allowed, for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to watch a televised match of their national team against Spain at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/25/18

Open Letter: Distinguished Iranian Women Call on FIFA to Demand Iran End Its Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In an open letter, prominent women of Iranian origin including Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and legendary singer Googoosh have urged the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to demand that Iran end its discriminatory ban on women in stadiums. - 6/24/18

Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Rejects Bail Offer

- A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who was arrested on June 13 has refused to post bail, Iranian news agencies have reported. Sotoudeh had defended women who were prosecuted for protesting against having to wear the Islamic head scarf. - 6/24/18

Iranian Women Can Still Celebrate Despite Team's World Cup Loss

- Iran's soccer team suffered a defeat on June 20, but women in the country still had reason to celebrate after they were allowed to attend a sporting event at a stadium for the first time in nearly 40 years. The World Cup match, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Spain, took place in the Russian city of Kazan, but Iranian women were able to attend a public viewing of the game in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 6/22/18

Iranian Lawyer Arrested For Asserting Executed Sufi Man's Innocence

- Iranian authorities have arrested a lawyer for spreading "lies" after claiming that a Sufi man executed this week was wrongfully convicted of killing three police officers, local media report. The semiofficial Fars news agency said on June 20 that an arrest warrant was issued against Zeinab Taheri for making "false statements" and because of "her lies propagated online claiming [Mohammad Salas] was not guilty." - 6/21/18

Iran Confirms 1 Victim in Alleged Gang Rapes in Southeast

- An Iranian official said authorities investigating accusations of recent mass abductions and rapes of women in southeastern Iran have confirmed that at least one complainant was raped. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/21/18

PHOTOS: Skillful women engaged in embroidery in Kerman, Iran

- The skill of crafting embroideries with geometric patterns and vivid colors has passed down from generation to generation in Kerman, southwestern Iran. Many women are engaged in this craft which helps supplement their household's income. -Sare Tajalli - 6/19/18

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Charged With National Security Crimes For Representing Hijab Protesters

- Detained Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing two national security charges for representing women facing prison time in Iran for peacefully protesting against the Islamic Republic's compulsory hijab law. "During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are 'propaganda against the state' and 'assembly and collusion' because she colluded with Ms. Shaparak [Shajarizadeh] in the courthouse in Kashan," Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 6/19/18

Rape Cases Stir Controversy In Iran's Sunni-Populated Baluchestan

- Iran's Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri has threatened June 18 to prosecute a local Sunni Imam in the city of Iranshahr in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchestan for disclosing that 41 girls have been raped in that city. - 6/19/18

41 girls, young women reportedly kidnapped and raped in Iranshahr: One suspect arrested

- Security forces have arrested one of the men suspected of kidnapping dozens of girls and young women in the city of Iranshahr, southeast Iran, the local prosecutor has announced. Iranshahr, a city of 150,000 located in the mainly Baluchi Sunni province of Sistan and Baluchestan, has experienced a spate of kidnappings in recent weeks. Residents learned about the abductions from the city's Friday prayer leader, Sunni cleric Molawi Tayyib MullaZahei, who spoke about the unprecedented series of kidnappings in his June 15 sermon. - 6/18/18

Man Base To Fan Base: Tehran Adds Women To 'Unity' Billboard For World Cup

- A huge billboard unveiled in the Iranian capital this week to boost national unity and fan support ahead of soccer's World Cup has been replaced following widespread anger at its exclusion of women. - 6/16/18

Prominent Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained Amid Iranian Judiciary's Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers

- The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights attorney who was arrested in her home by unidentified agents on June 13, 2018, and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran. Her husband Reza Khandan, who wrote about Sotoudeh's arrest on his Facebook page, informed CHRI that the agents told Sotoudeh that she must serve a five-year prison sentence without providing further details. He added that he and Sotoudeh were unaware of any sentence that had been issued against her. - 6/14/18

Third Woman Sentenced to Prison in Iran For Removing Hijab Slapped With More Charges

- Civil rights activist Shima Babaei: "They said the hijab is the law and I must respect it. I told them it's a bad law and I'm protesting against it in the most peaceful way possible; I've been instigated by no one." - 6/8/18

Katayoun Khosrowyar leading a women's football revolution in Iran

- ​​​​​​​Iran's national team are preparing for the World Cup in Russia to the backdrop of a football revolution back home. Here, Sky Sports speak to the Iranian-American who swapped Oklahoma for Tehran to help transform the women's game in the country. -Nick Wright, Sky Sports - 6/5/18

IAPAC Endorses Anna Eskamani for Florida House 47

- The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, proudly announces its support for Anna Eskamani for Florida House 47. A first generation Iranian American and an Orlando native, Anna Eskamani grew up in a working-class family who struggled to make ends meet. She has a twin sister, an older brother, and a caring father, but when she was 13 years old, Anna lost her mother to cancer. This loss in her family, coupled with the challenges her parents faced, inspires Anna to work hard for the most marginalized members of her community. - 6/4/18

Vida Ghaffari is the First Iranian-American to be inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

- On Saturday, May 19th, actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live) and many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world were inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton in Los Angeles. Ghaffari was bestowed with the Trailblazer Award. She is the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted. - 5/23/18

Iran's Rohani Calls For End To Ban On Women At Sports Events

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for a decades-long stadium ban for women to be lifted, according to his office and media reports. "There should be no difference between men and women in Islam, and for that reason women should also be allowed to take part in sports events," Rohani said at a meeting with Iranian athletes in his office on May 22, according to a statement released by his office. - 5/23/18

NYC's Premier Farsi Funk Band, Mitra Sumara, Announces New Album TAHDIG

- Mitra Sumara, New York City's only Farsi Funk group, is proud to announce their debut album Tahdig, set for release on June 8, 2018 on Persian Cardinal Recordings. This international party band revives the vibrant Persian pop and funk music silenced by the Iranian Revolution. The popular music of Iran in the 60s and 70s combined disco, funk, and Latin beats with Middle Eastern melodies and poetic lyrics. Mitra Sumara interprets hits by Iran's beloved singers such as Googoosh, Soli, Leila Forouhar, and remakes intoxicating Southern Iranian Bandari beat tunes. - 5/18/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran champions again!

- The Iran women's national futsal team has vigorously ended its campaign at the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and defended its title as the champion of the continental tournament. The Iranian sportswomen defeated the Japanese outfit 5-2 in the final showdown of the event at Indoor Stadium Huamark in the Thai capital city of Bangkok. - 5/13/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran cruise into final

- Islamic Republic of Iran's title defence remains on track after they beat Vietnam 5-0 to reach the AFC Women's Futsal Championship 2018 Final in style. - 5/10/18

Iranian Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Declines "Limited" Lifting of Restrictions

- Zahra Rahnavard, an Iranian opposition leader who has been under house arrest since February 2011, has declined an unofficial offer for some of the restrictions on her to be lifted, demanding that she and fellow opposition leaders under house arrest-Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi-be freed together and unconditionally. - 5/9/18

Iranian Women Defeat Uzbekistan 9-2 at AFC Futsal Championship

- The Iran women's national futsal team has clinched another emphatic win at the preliminary round of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and proudly advanced to the knockout stage of the continental tournament. - 5/8/18

Cheongju 2018: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi achieves double gold

- Iranian pistol specialist collects individual and team world titles on day three. The crowd began clapping in unison as the remaining two shooters fired their final shots. Amid the intense atmosphere, Sareh Javanmardi was telling herself that she would win - and she did. The Iranian defended her title in the P2 (women's 10m air pistol SH1), as day three of the 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships finished on Sunday (6 May) in Cheongju, South Korea. It was one of two individual medal events held on this day. - 5/6/18

British Council Employee Being Held Without Access to a Lawyer by Iran's Intelligence Ministry

- Agents of Iran's Intelligence Ministry have arrested a London-based employee of the British Council, Aras Amiri, and are holding her without access to a lawyer on national security charges, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 5/3/18

Iranian Women Reveal How They Entered Male-only Stadium

- Female Iranian soccer fans are becoming more emboldened in their defiance of Iranian regulations that bar them from attending football matches. In recent days, Iranian social media users have been sharing a photo of five young women who disguised themselves as men to attend last Friday's domestic football league match at Tehran's Azadi stadium. The five fans used makeup to give themselves beards and male haircuts as they watched their home team, Persepolis, defeat visiting rivals Sepidrood of the northern city of Rasht. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 5/1/18

Iranians Criticize Rouhani Officials For Blaming the Victim in Video of Morality Police Assaulting Woman

- Several Iranian public figures have criticized Rouhani admin officials for blaming the victim in a video of a woman being assaulted by Iran's morality police. Journalist Fatemeh Jamalpour tweeted: "Some of the reactions have been more upsetting than the incident itself. The interior minister called the woman 'foul-mouthed.' Ebtekar said the incident was 'attributed' to the Guidance Patrol. Mowlaverdi said the way the agents had dealt with the woman's 'improper clothes' was problematic, which means she believes there are good and bad kinds of clothes. Then Tayebeh Siavashi claimed that violence had decreased under the current administration." - 4/25/18

Music Video: Iranian Sisters Urge Men to Join Protest Against Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The world pop band Abjeez, led by Iranian-born sisters, has released a new music video calling on men to support the growing movement to end Iran's ban on women in sports stadiums. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), Abjeez's "Stadium" was released today on the heels of a multi-language campaign by a coalition of human rights groups urging the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to demand that Iran end its discriminatory ban before the start of the World Cup in June. - 4/25/18

Judiciary Chief Defends Police Officer Who Beat Young Woman

- Iran's hardline Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has defended the actions of a police officer who beat a young woman in Tehran last week for "insufficient hijab". In his regular Monday address April 23, Larijani said "No one should be allowed to resist a lawful action by the police, or to insult a law enforcement officer." - 4/24/18

Iran's Mina Sadati wins supporting actress Tiantan for "Searing Summer"

- Mina Sadati has won the Tiantan for best supporting actress for her role in Iranian drama "Searing Summer" at the Beijing International Film Festival in China. She received the award during the closing ceremony of the event in the Chinese capital on Sunday, the organizers announced. - 4/23/18

Iran's President Rohani Criticizes Violence By Morality Police

- Iran's President Hassan Rohani has criticized the morality police's use of violence against women failing to observe the compulsory Islamic dress code, state media reported on April 21. Rohani said some believe that "promoting virtue and preventing vice" -- the morality police's stated mandate -- is done "by going to the street and grabbing people by the collar." "Promoting virtue will not work through violence," Rohani said in a speech aired on state TV. - 4/22/18

Four girls to represent Iran at Asian Weightlifting Championships

- The four-member Iranian team traveled to Urgench, Uzbekistan to participate at the 25th Asian Junior Women Weightlifting Championships. The 25th Asian Junior Women and 32nd Asian Junior Men Weightlifting Championships are being held from April 20 to 30 in Urgench, Uzbekistan. - 4/22/18

Iran's Morality Police Assault Woman, Sparking Outrage

- A video of a young woman being wrestled to the ground by Iranian "morality police" for not wearing a hijab properly has sparked outrage on social media and prompted Iran's government to launch an investigation. - 4/20/18

Philanthropist Bita Daryabari Receives Honorary Doctorate And Delivers Golden Gate University Commencement Address On April 27, 2018

- Award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari has been selected as the 2018 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from her alma mater, Golden Gate University (GGU), where she will also deliver the commencement address on Friday, April 27, 2018. - 4/18/18

Imprisoned Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Gives Message of Hope and Strength in Accepting 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize

- Prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi was unable to accept the 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize in person in Columbus, Ohio where the American Physical Society (APS) awarded it to her but she sent a message of hope and strength in a powerful speech. - 4/16/18

The Iranian American Women Foundation Launches New Los Angeles Chapter and Presents 16th IAWF Women's Leadership Conference on April 29, 2018, in Los Angeles

- The Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF)-the only non-profit organization providing networking and mentorship services to women of Iranian descent across all professional industries-launches its Los Angeles Chapter and also presents the 16th IAWF Women's Leadership Conference in Los Angeles on April 29, 2018. Azita Raji, the first female U.S. ambassador to Sweden, and the first Iranian-born American to serve as a U.S. ambassador, will keynote the event. - 4/12/18

Iranian Political Prisoner Urges "Contentious People" To Be the Voice of His Imprisoned Wife

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Arash Sadeghi has urged "all contentious people" to call for the release of his ailing wife, Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi, who according to informed sources is suffering serious health problems due to a two-month-long hunger strike. - 4/11/18

Iranian-American Woman Nazak Nikakhtar Becomes U.S. Assistant Commerce Secretary

- An Iranian-American lawyer on Tuesday sworn in as U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis affairs. On March 19, the U.S. Senate agreed to appoint Nazak Nikakhtar as the assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis affairs. - 4/5/18

Play on role of women of Tabriz in Constitutional Movement to go on stage in Ankara

- "Pasha" ("Pasa"), an Iranian play that sheds light on the role of women in Tabriz in the Constitutional Movement (1905 to 1911), will be performed at the 12th edition of the Ethos Ankara International Theater Festival, which is scheduled to open in the Turkish capital on Tuesday. - 3/26/18

Evoking Sophia Loren In Iran

- ... my ears perked up when I heard cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda-the hardline Friday Prayer Leader of the holy city of Mashhad, the seat of Imam Reza Shrine-mention Sophia Loren in his Friday speech. The occasion for remembering Loren was a Women's Day performance of Iranian folklore dance by eight and nine year olds in front of the mayor of Tehran. -Farideh Farhi - 3/15/18

Men Detained at Women's Rights Rally in Iran Remain Behind Bars After Female Detainees Released

- The women who were detained at a women's rights demonstration in front of the Iranian Labor Ministry in Tehran on March 8, 2018, have all been released but five male demonstrators remain behind bars. The last of the female detainees were freed from Gharchak Prison in the city of Varamin after posting bail on March 12, a source with knowledge about the cases told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 3/15/18

This business owner learned to take risks at a young age

- Anoosheh Oskouian, 54, is chief executive of Ship & Shore Environmental Inc., a multimillion-dollar Signal Hill company that makes pollution-reducing equipment. The firm also helps cut energy costs and develop energy alternatives for U.S. and foreign industrial companies. -Los Angeles Times - 3/15/18

Women and their achievements feature on billboards in Iran

- A soldier, war photographer, and an Olympian are some of the women gracing public billboards in Iran's capital Tehran in a rare move in the conservative country. The billboards showcase the achievements of ground-breaking Iranian women, including the late mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani who in 2014 became the first woman to win the Fields Medal - the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics. -BBC - 3/14/18

Prominent Iranian Human Rights Lawyer to Appeal Hijab Protester's Prison Sentence

- A woman who was sentenced to prison in Iran for removing her headscarf in public is being used as an example to dissuade others from repeating the peaceful protest against the compulsory hijab, according to prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh. "What Narges did was appear in public without the hijab, that much is true," Sotoudeh told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 10, 2018. "But in court, she was tried for 'encouraging corruption,' as if she ran a house of prostitution." - 3/13/18

Conservative Iranian Officials Outraged That Little Girls Were Allowed to Dance at Women's Day Event

- Iran's ultra-conservative prosecutor general has demanded that the organizers of a Women's Day event in the capital city be punished for allowing little girls to dance on a stage. His demand has been echoed by religious hardliners around the country but some liberal commentators have pointed out that the issue has been blown drastically out of proportion. - 3/11/18

Feminist Trio Takes Defiant Song To Tehran's Subway, Video Goes Viral

- A video of three Iranian women singing a famous feminist song on Tehran's subway on March 8 to mark International Women's Day is going viral on social media and highlighted ongoing challenges to veiling and other discriminatory laws. The women are not wearing the Islamic head scarf, known as the hijab, that is mandated for women in public under Iran's clerically dominated system. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 3/11/18

Iran Reportedly Blocks Women's Day Gathering, Detains Some Participants

- Several women who had attempted to gather in Tehran to mark International Women's Day have been detained, reports said. Women's rights activists had announced that they would stage a peaceful protest outside the Labor Ministry in the Iranian capital on March 8 to call for more rights. - 3/9/18

Supreme Leader Khamenei Claims Iran's 'Enemies' Behind Anti-Hijab Protests

- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused foreign "enemies" of funding recent protests over the compulsory hijab. Khamenei's remarks in a March 8 speech were his most extensive public comments on a series of peaceful acts of protest in which dozens of women have removed their head scarves in public and waved them on sticks. "As a result, some girls were deceived and removed their veil here and there," Khamenei said. - 3/9/18

Iranian Woman Gets Two Years In Prison For Removing Head Scarf

- An Iranian woman who removed her Islamic head scarf on a Tehran street has been sentenced to two years in prison, local media report. The semiofficial Tasnim news agency on March 7 quoted prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying that the woman was attempting to "encourage corruption through the removal of the hijab in public." - 3/8/18

Iranian cinema returns to Edinburgh as tribute to female directors

- Beginning with the works of young filmmaker Ida Panahandeh, the audience experienced love and loss as two former lovers are reunited after a fatal accident in Israfil (2017). Panahandeh's Nahid (2015) addressed the social challenges faced by a single mother who wants to settle down with her new boyfriend. The 2015 feature introduced the Iranian concept of temporary marriage, or 'sigheh', an Islamic law allowing a man and woman to legally couple without an official change of marital status. -Sara Konradi, Student Newspaper - 3/6/18

Iranian Journalist Confronts FIFA President Over Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums: "It's Our Right"

- Thirty-five women who went to Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a match between two popular soccer teams were detained by police on March 1, 2018, and held for several hours, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Female journalist Niloofar Hamedi, who was at the scene, directly confronted FIFA President Gianni Infantino outside the stadium as shown in a video posted on her Twitter account. "We need a guarantee. It's our right," Hamedi is heard saying as Infantino is whisked away. - 3/4/18

Iranian Hijab Protester, Maryam Shariatmadari, Charged With "Acting Against National Security"

- An Iranian woman who was arrested in Tehran for peacefully protesting against Iran's compulsory hijab law has been formally charged, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Maryam Shariatmadari, who is currently being held in Gharchak Prison in Varamin, south of Tehran, is facing the charges of "fostering bad hijab" and "acting against national security. - 3/2/18

Opposition Leader Under House Arrest and 68 Female Documentary Makers Lend Support to Iran's Hijab Protesters

- As people protesting against the Islamic Republic of Iran's mandatory hijab law continue to be arrested, an increasing number of political and cultural personalities inside the country are expressing support for the peaceful movement. In late February 2018, prominent opposition figure Zahra Rahnavard, who has been under house arrest for more than seven years, said for the first time that she opposed the compulsory hijab. - 3/2/18

Prominent Iranians Lifting The Veil On The Hijab Debate

- A small number of Iranian women, risking arrest to protest compulsory head scarves, have rekindled debate about Iran's so-called hijab rule. The Islamic scarf, or hijab, is one of the pillars of the Islamic republic and among its most visible symbols. It became compulsory after the 1979 revolution, after which Iranian women were required to cover their hair and body in public. Those who violate the rule face police harassment, fines, and even jail terms, and a number of the recent hijab protesters have already been taken into custody. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 3/2/18

Iran Banishes Women From Tehran Football Match Attended by FIFA Chief

- Iran has blocked several dozen women from attending a major Tehran football match witnessed by the head of FIFA, the sport's world governing body, prompting criticism from rights activists. Iranian state news agency ISNA said police "transferred" 35 women who had gone to Azadi Stadium on Thursday to try to watch the match between local rivals Esteghlal and Persepolis. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/2/18

45 European MPs Call on EU Foreign Policy Chief to Support Iranian Women's Anti-Compulsory-Hijab Protest

- Forty-five members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have sent an open letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urging her to call on Iranian officials to immediately release the women who have been arrested for participating in the recent anti-compulsory-hijab protests in Iran. - 3/1/18

Iranian Woman Injured During Compulsory Hijab Protest Denied Post-Surgery Care by Prison Officials

- A woman who was severely injured by a policeman in Tehran while she was peacefully protesting against Iran's compulsory hijab law has been denied post-surgery medical care and access to a lawyer. "Given her physical condition, Maryam Shariatmadari needs urgent medical attention but the prison authorities are denying her," tweeted journalists Jila Baniyaghoob on February 25, 2018. - 2/28/18

'Freedom' For A Day: Women In Stands Score Big Sporting Victory In Iran

- Scores of female fans flocked to Tehran's Azadi Sports Complex to attend the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier between Iran and Iraq, a game won by the hosts, 83 to 53. But the real winners were in the stands, as Iranian authorities loosened their stance against women attending men's sporting events. -Frud Bezhan - 2/28/18

Iranian Women Said At 'Risk Of Long Jail Terms' For Protesting Hijab

- Amnesty International says dozens of women are at risk of "long jail terms" for protesting against the compulsory hijab in Iran. Iranian authorities have arrested dozens of women who have protested against the hijab by removing their head scarves in public. - 2/27/18



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