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Iranian Women Football Fans Decry Restrictions: "Why Didn't They Let Us All In?"

- The soccer match between Iran and Cambodia on October 10, 2019, in Tehran's Azadi Stadium included the historic presence of thousands of women. However, although the stadium was more than half empty, the authorities capped the number of tickets sold to women and denied female photographers press access. -CHRI - 10/13/19

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Women Attend World Cup Qualifier In Tehran

- Thousands of Iranian female fans have attended their national team's soccer World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. The October 10 match was the first time since shortly after Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 that women were allowed to watch a men's game without needing special, rare invitations or being forced to sneak in disguised as men. - 10/11/19

Every 40 minutes a woman is diagnosed breast cancer in Iran

- Every 40 minutes, a woman in Iran is diagnosed with breast cancer, indicating a sharp rise in prevalence of the disease, founder of a national campaign for fighting breast cancer has said. At present, 8 percent of the female population in the country are impacted with the disease, and among each 8 affected women only 2 are aware of their disease, Afsaneh Eghbal Nia lamented. - 10/11/19

Iranian Women Attend Football Match in Major Challenge to Stadium Ban, But Discriminatory Restrictions Persist

- Nearly four decades after women were banned from sports stadiums in Iran, a few thousand tickets were sold to female fans ahead of an October 10, 2019, World Cup qualifier match between the Iranian and Cambodian national teams. - 10/10/19

PHOTOS: Fifth women's park opens in Tehran

- The fifth park exclusively for women was inaugurated in Tehran on Monday, ISNA news agency reported. In order to bring about justice and equality for all the citizens, women-only parks have been built to provide them with safe recreational spots without the need to wear hijabs, Zahra Sadr-Azam Nouri stated. - 10/9/19

IRAN: Children Born to Non-Iranian Fathers Win Right to File for Citizenship -- With a Catch

- Legislation granting a citizenship application option to Iranian children born to foreign fathers was approved by the country's legislative watchdog, the Guardian Council, on October 2, 2019. Four years in the making, the long-awaited approval came after Parliament agreed to incorporate amendments granting the Intelligence Ministry and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization the authority to carry out background checks on applicants' parents. -CHRI - 10/8/19

Iranian Women buy all allocated tickets for Iran's soccer match against Cambodia

- A total of 3,500 tickets have been sold to the Iranian women for the match between Iran and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Group C. Team Melli will host Cambodia on Oct. 10 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium and the Iranian women are allowed to attend the match. - 10/4/19

FIFA Chief Hopeful Iran Will End 'Unacceptable' Women Stadium Ban

- FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he is hopeful that Iran will address the "unacceptable situation" of banning women from entering soccer stadiums as a World Cup qualifying match nears. The head of the world soccer's governing body said in a statement on September 19 that he had contacted Iranian soccer officials several times recently over the issue and a FIFA delegation is currently in Iran. -RFE/RL - 9/19/19

PHILANTHROPY: Founder of Iranian charity Mahak receives Muslim World Rania Award 2019

- The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) granted the Muslim World Rania Award to Saeedeh Ghods, the founder of MAHAK, a charity society dedicated to treating pediatric cancer in Iran, the public relations department of MAHAK reported. - 9/17/19

Iran crowned CAFA U15 Women's champions

- Iran lifted 2019 CAFA U15 Women's Championship trophy on Monday. Iran defeated Uzbekistan 3-2 in their third match and topped the event with three wins. Ghazal Morshedi, Diana Norouzi and Fatemeh Yousefi scored for Iran. - 9/17/19

Iranian Stadium Ban Activists Honored in Wake of "Blue Girl" Tragedy

- A minute of silence was observed for Sahar Khodayari, a young Iranian woman who self-immolated after reportedly hearing she would have to serve jail time after being arrested for trying to watch her favorite men's soccer team play at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. -CHRI - 9/16/19

Multi Award-Winning Filmmaker Harley Wallen's Eternal Code Starring Noted Iranian-American Actress Vida Ghaffari Had a Star Studded West Coast Premiere

- "I was truly honored to be cast in the role of Nikita. Harley is an amazingly talented filmmaker and I had fabulous cast and crew mates to collaborate with. It was my first role as a scientist and has opened the door for me to play other scientists and academics. While I never did become an academic like my dad wanted, it's a nod to the family business if you will, which is education and I did play a super smart woman," said Ghaffari. - 9/14/19

FIFA Officials To Visit Iran After Death Of Stadium-Ban Protester

- FIFA will visit Iran to review preparations for allowing women to attend men's soccer games, a spokesman for the world soccer governing body told Reuters and AFP on September 11. The announcement of FIFA's visit, expected in the next two weeks, follows the death of a 29-year-old woman who set herself on fire after being charged for attempting to attend a men's soccer match disguised as a male. - 9/12/19

Death of Iran's "Blue Girl" Spotlights Senseless Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The death of Sahar Khodayari, a woman who set herself on fire in Tehran because she thought she would have to serve jail time for trying to watch a soccer match, has put the spotlight on the costs of a discriminatory state policy that Iranian women have been protesting for decades. -CHRI - 9/11/19

IRAN: Female Political Prisoners To Serve Additional Two Years For "Insulting" Supreme Leader

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi and recently released political prisoner Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi were informed that they must serve an additional 2.1 years in prison now that the Tehran Appeals Court upheld a joint sentence against them under the charges of "insulting the supreme leader" and "propaganda against the state." -CHRI - 9/9/19

Public Outcry Leads Officials To Void The Marriage Of Underage Girl In Iran

- A videotape widely circulated on social media showing the wedding party of an under-thirteen year old girl and a 22-year-old man has forced a local judicial official in Iran to declare the marriage null and void until further notice. -Radio Farda - 9/4/19

Iranian Journalist Marzieh Amiri Sentenced to 10.5 Years Imprisonment for Covering Labor Day Rally

- Four months after being arrested while covering a Labor Day protest, Journalist Marzieh Amiri has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison and 148 lashes by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh. If upheld upon appeal, Amiri, a reporter for the reformist Shargh newspaper in Tehran, would have to serve at least six years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. -CHRI - 8/29/19

Iran To Let Women Attend Men's World Cup Qualifier In October

- Women in Iran will be allowed into a Tehran stadium to attend a men's football World Cup qualifier later this year, a Sports Ministry official has said. "The women can go in the Asadi Stadium for the qualification match against Cambodia on October 10," Deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said on August 25, according to state news agency IRNA. - 8/26/19

Volleyball: Iranian women defeated by Taiwan at Asian Championships

- The national Iranian women's volleyball team lost 3-1 to Taiwan in its forth match at the Asian Women's Volleyball Championships held in South Korea. Iran's volleyball team will have to wait for the winner of the Indonesia-Kazakhstan match on Sunday to have the chance to secure a fifth place in the Asian competitions. - 8/23/19

Iran Releases Detained Stadium Ban Protesters as Hardliners Cheer on Discriminatory Policy

- Four women arrested by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on August 17, 2019, for trying to enter Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch a men's soccer game were released on bail from Gharchak Prison, south of the capital, two days later. -CHRI - 8/22/19

"Why Should We Be Silent?": Colleagues Condemn Iranian Photographer's Unjust Detention

- Several members of Iran's film industry have spoken out against the detention of Nooshin Jafari, a film and theater photographer, who has been detained at an undisclosed location in Tehran since August 4, 2019. The authorities have meanwhile refused to provide information about her to her family since she was arrested, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 8/16/19

Iranian Superstar Banned From State TV For What Could Prove To Be Suppression Of Dissent

- An award-winning Iranian movie superstar has been banned from appearing on the Islamic Republic's monopolized TV networks, apparently for protesting the arrest of a female photojournalist. Hanieh Tavassoli and several other famous actors have made public statements condemning the detention of Noushin Jafari, who is a photojournalist focusing on movie stars and celebrities. -Radio Farda - 8/15/19

Female Plaintiff's Battle to Get a Motorcycle License Exposes Arbitrary Restrictions on Women in Iran

- In response to a complaint by a woman from the city of Isfahan, Branch 1 of Iran's Administrative Justice Court ruled that the traffic police's refusal to issue motorcycle driving licenses to women is unlawful. However, due to Article 60 of the Administrative Justice Court's Organizational and Regulatory Procedures Law, the ruling, which could be reversed, only applies to the individual plaintiff and not all women in the country. -CHRI - 8/14/19

Detained Iranian Conservationists Niloufar Bayani and Sepideh Kashani on Hunger Strike

- Niloufar Bayani and Sepideh Kashani, two of the eight wildlife conservationists detained in Iran since January 2018, began a hunger strike on August 3, 2019, a source with knowledge of their cases told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "After more than 560 days in detention, the people accused in this case, and their families, are still unaware of the alleged crimes they committed and they continue to be denied transfers to public wards in prison despite the completion of the preliminary investigations," said the source who spoke to CHRI on the condition of anonymity on August 8, 2019. -CHRI - 8/11/19

Iran Prosecutor Defies FIFA On Stadium Entrance Ban For Women

- Iran's ban on women entering stadiums is not the business of world soccer governing body FIFA, the country's prosecutor-general said on August 7. "That is certainly not the concern of FIFA -- whether women are among the football fans in the stadiums or not," Mohammad Montazeri said, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency. -RFE/RL - 8/8/19

In Iran, Court Rules In Favor Of Female Motorcyclist, And It Gets Motors Running

- An Iranian lawmaker has welcomed a court ruling stating that police should issue an unidentified woman in the central city of Isfahan a motorcycle license. The Court of Administrative Justice handed down the ruling following a lawsuit by a female resident of Isfahan who had complained that traffic police had refused to issue her a motorcycle license, Iranian media reported on August 4. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 8/6/19

Blood Money Paid for a Woman in Iran Is Still Half That Paid for a Man, Despite New Ruling

- Following news in Iran on July 2, 2019, declaring equality between men and women in blood money (financial compensation paid to the family of someone who has been killed or to the victim who has been injured), many people incorrectly assumed that the existing discriminatory law, which assigns blood money ("diya") to a woman victim at half the amount of that of a man, had been abolished. -CHRI - 8/6/19

My Iran Exhibition at Smithsonian in Washington, DC: Six Women Photographers

- The artists featured in My Iran: Six Women Photographers explore the complexities of life within and outside their home country. From the dynamism of the street to the quiet corners of distant memories, the works highlight various ways in which artists use photography to respond to personal and political realities. - 7/30/19

Detained Iranian Activist Sepideh Qoliyan Loses Consciousness During Hunger Strike

- Hunger striking activist and freelance journalist Sepideh Qoliyan (also known as Gholian) lost consciousness in her cell on July 27, 2019, and was rushed to the clinic in Gharchak Prison, south of Tehran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 7/30/19

Iran: Release Four Women Detained at Labor Day Protest

- Four women arrested on May 1, 2019, after attending a Labor Day rally in Tehran should be allowed unrestricted access to counsel and released, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). The women-journalist Marzieh Amiri and activists Neda Naji, Atefeh Rangriz, Anisha Asadollahi-were all charged with national security crimes after peacefully attending the protest and then denied bail. -CHRI - 7/23/19

Two Iranian Political Prisoners Sentenced to 3.7 More Years in Jail for Protesting Death Penalty

- Political prisoners Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi have been told they must serve an additional 3.7 years in prison for the charges of "insulting the supreme leader" and "propaganda against the state," Daemi's mother informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 15, 2019. -CHRI - 7/22/19

May The Force Be With You, Ilhan

- I definitely understand what the young Somali emigre, now a congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, has been going through. I understand how it feels to be told "Why don't you go back to where you came from." Or, "If you don't like it here, you can just leave!" I got used to being called a damn "furner" by my supervisor, a semi-literate redneck from Alabama, who was the "Party Chief" of a seismic exploration crew where I worked fresh out of college. -Kambiz Zarrabi - 7/19/19

Iran Judiciary Confirms Arrest Of French-Iranian Academic Fariba Adelkhah

- Iran's Judiciary has confirmed the arrest of French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said he had raised the issue with Tehran. Macron demanded an explanation on July 15 from Iran after the arrest last month of Adelkhah, a researcher with the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, who is believed to have been arrested by the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on suspicion of spying. -RFE/RL - 7/16/19

FIFA President Announces Deadline for Iran to Take "Concrete Steps" to Let Women Into Stadiums

- In a letter addressing the chief of the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) Mehdi Taj, the president of FIFA announced a July 15, 2019, deadline for Taj to inform him of the "concrete steps" the Iranian government would be taking to lift its ban on women in stadiums by September of this year. -CHRI - 6/27/19

30 Tehran University Academics Call for Release of Detained Iranian Journalist Marzieh Amiri

- Thirty scholars and researchers at the University of Tehran have called for the release of detained reporter Marzieh Amiri in a letter addressing Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mansour Gholami. -CHRI - 6/24/19

Iran's Parliament Approves Severe Punishments for Acid Attacks, Fails to Restrict Sales

- The Iranian Parliament has approved a bill that if enacted into law would allow courts to impose severe punishments including the death penalty against individuals convicted of acid attacks. But activists and some reformist members of Parliament argue that the government should be focused on restricting the availability of the corrosive substances that are being used to disfigure and sometimes kill people. -CHRI - 6/19/19

Detained Iranian Journalist Denied Hospitalization Despite Worsening Symptoms

- Imprisoned journalist Sanaz Allahyari has been denied hospitalization despite suffering from worsening health problems in Tehran's Evin Prison, a source close to her family told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on June 10, 2019. "Sanaz's condition is very worrying," said the source who also told CHRI that her family was not allowed to submit a letter about her case to Parliament. -CHRI - 6/12/19

170+ Iranian Women Activists Condemn Sanctions and Threats of War

- We a group of Iranian women's movement activists and women's rights defenders strongly condemn US efforts to stoke yet another war in the Middle East, this time against Iran. The Trump administration's maximum pressure campaign, its bellicose posturing and sanctions, hurt the Iranian people most, especially women, children, minorities, refugees, the chronically ill and those with disabilities. - 5/30/19

Second Women's Charity Group Member Who Assisted Iran's Flood Victims Is Arrested

- A second senior member of the charity group Voice of Iranian Women (VIW), which has been involved in aid and rescue operations during the recent devastating floods in southwestern Iran, has been arrested for unknown reasons. Nahid Shaghaghi, who has also worked to combat violence against women, was taken away by security agents on May 15, 2018. -CHRI - 5/18/19

Isfahan Prosecutor Bans "Sinful Act" of Women Riding Bicycles

- Citing domestic Islamic religious decrees and common law, Isfahan city prosecutor Ali Isfahani announced on May 14, 2019, a ban on female bicyclists. "Based on fatwas by religious scholars as well as the law, bicycling by women in public spaces is a sinful act," Isfahani told the state-funded Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). - 5/16/19

British Council Employee Aras Amiri Jailed for Refusing to Spy, Says Cousin

- The UK-based British Council employee Aras Amiri was jailed in Iran for refusing to spy for the country's Intelligence Ministry, her cousin, Mohsen Omrani, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on May 14, 2019. "They made a proposal to Aras to become an agent for the Islamic Republic in the UK and give them information about the British Council," he said. -CHRI - 5/15/19

Paramilitary Force Attacks Tehran University Protest Against Hijab Enforcement Units

- Members of Iran's paramilitary Basij force violently attacked several students at a peaceful protest at the University of Tehran on May 13, 2019. The demonstrators had gathered to protest the increased presence of so-called "guidance" units charged by the government to enforce strict observance of Iran's compulsory hijab law at the campus. -CHRI - 5/14/19

Iran Parliament allows Iranian mothers to pass citizenship to children

- Lawmakers overwhelmingly ratified details of a bill today which allows Iranian mothers to pass on citizenship to their children. The bill was approved in Monday's open session of the Parliament by 170 votes in favor, 21 votes against, and 4 abstentions out of 213 MPs in attendance. - 5/14/19

Journalists Condemn Arrest of Reformist Iranian Reporter Ahead of World Press Freedom Day

- Marzieh Amiri, a reporter for the reformist Shargh newspaper, has been in Evin Prison's Ward 209 under the control of the Intelligence Ministry since she was arrested while covering a Labor Day protest in Tehran on May 1, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 5/7/19

Husband Of Imprisoned Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Rejects Iran's Judiciary's Accusation of "Exaggerating" Her Heavy Sentence

- Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, has rejected Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili's claim that the magnitude of the sentence against her has been exaggerated. "They are playing games," Esmaili said at a press conference in Tehran on April 23, referring to the outcry over the harsh punishment against Sotoudeh for her defense of peaceful activists and her opposition to the mandatory hijab. -CHRI - 4/29/19

Distinguished Iranian Artist Monir Farmanfarmaian Passes Away

- Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian has passed away at the age of 97, according to ISNA news agency. A versatile artist Monir participated in the Iran Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1958, 1964, and 1966. She also had solo exhibitions in New York and Paris during her distinguished​ career. -Radio Farda - 4/22/19

Iranian Actress Maryam Moghaddam Asks Minister Why She Was Pulled from Film Set Based on "Order from Above"

- "Mr. Minister! This is the state of the film industry you are in charge of: I was pulled from a film project on the first night of shooting based on 'an order from above' and warned that if I complained, I would face bigger problems; I would be reprimanded and arrested," she wrote in the letter published by the Persian-language "Cinema Cinema" magazine on April 14, 2019. -CHRI - 4/22/19

Iranian Hijab Protester Vida Movahedi Remains Detained Despite Eligibility for Release

- Vida Movahedi, the woman whose public display of peaceful protest against Iran's compulsory hijab law was captured in a viral photo, remains detained in Gharchak Prison for women south of Tehran despite being eligible for release. On April 14, 2019, her attorney, Payam Derafshan, told the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that Branch 1091 of the Guidance Court in Tehran on March 2, 2019, had sentenced Movahedi to a year in prison for that action under the charge of "encouraging people to corruption and prostitution." -CHRI - 4/17/19

Just Released From Prison, Iranian Civil Rights Activist Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi Faces More Time Behind Bars

- Newly released from prison, civil rights activist Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi may have to serve more time behind bars depending on the outcome of another case against her, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 4/10/19

Female Activist in "Very Poor" Health after Nine Months and Counting of Solitary Confinement in Iran

- Political activist Hengameh Shahidi is in poor health after a nine-month stint in solitary confinement, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has been informed. Arrested on June 26, 2018, Shahidi has since been held in isolation in Ward 241 under the control of the judiciary's Security and Intelligence Center in Tehran's Evin Prison. -CHRI - 4/8/19

Gender Equality Researcher Tried in Iran Under National Security Charge

- Gender equality advocate Rezvaneh Mohammadi was tried in absentia in Tehran under the unusual charge of "assembly and collusion against national security by seeking to normalize homosexual relations." "Rezvaneh's attendance at two conferences abroad on the subject of gender equality, as well as her studies for her thesis, which was also about gender equality, were included as evidence against her," the source said. -CHRI - 3/26/19

Iranian Lawyers Join Global Backlash to Iran's Sentencing of Rights Defender

- A group of Iranian lawyers has added its voice to international criticism of Tehran for sentencing a female colleague to additional years in prison in relation to her work in defending Iranian rights activists. In an open letter to the Iranian people dated Tuesday and sent by one of the authors to VOA Persian, the group of 16 lawyers said the multiyear sentencing of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, announced by Iranian state media Monday, violates the Iranian constitution's commitments to human rights and fair trials. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/13/19

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Says She Has Been Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison

- Iranian defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh told her husband she has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. Her statement follows media reports quoting the hardline judge overseeing her case who said she has been sentenced to seven years in prison. -CHRI - 3/12/19

French President Invites Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

- The husband of imprisoned human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has received a letter from French President Emmanuel Macron inviting Sotoudeh to be part of an advisory council created to advise the Group of 7 (G7) countries on gender equality issues. Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, received the letter the day after news spread that his wife, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender who is now in Iran's Evin Prison, had been convicted of "national security" charges in Iran. -CHRI - 3/8/19

Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian Attorney Who Defended Hijab Protesters, Convicted of "National Security" Crimes

- One of Iran's most outspoken human rights defenders, Sotoudeh has been jailed since June 2018 when she was detained in part for representing women in a court of law who had been arrested for peacefully protesting the state's compulsory hijab law. She was convicted on the basis of several charges but has not received the verdict or her sentence in writing, her husband Reza Khandan told CHRI on March 5, 2019. -CHRI - 3/6/19

Iran Ranks Near Bottom On World Bank's Index Of Women's Equality

- Women in Iran are paid less than three-quarters of the salaries paid to their male compatriots, the World Bank said in a study published February 28. In terms of economic equality for women, Iran ranks 185 out of 187 countries included in the study, behind only Saudi Arabia and Sudan. -Radio Farda - 3/4/19

Iran's Judiciary Calls A Fashion Show Immoral, Taking Action Against Organizers

- A hosting and catering center near Tehran, Iran has been shut down by judicial officials for hosting a fashion show March 1, after a video of the event was published on social media. The news website of Iran's conservative Judiciary reported on March 3 that authorities "will deal seriously with those responsible for this immoral event". -Radio Farda - 3/3/19

Kuban Spring good warm-up for Iran's woman U19 team: Coach Katayoun Khosrowyar

- Katayoun Khosrowyar, head coach of Iran's U19 women's football team, says that the 2019 Kuban Spring Women U19 Tournament is a good warm-up tournament for her team. Defending champions Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Belarus will participate in the competition which will be held in Sochi, Russia from March 1-5. - 3/1/19

American activists visiting Tehran slam Trump for scrapping Iran deal

- Visiting Tehran, members of an anti-war NGO based in the US criticize the Washington administration for abandoning the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposing bans on Iran, saying such a move is the outcome of extensive lobbying by the Israeli and Saudi regimes, America's staunchest allies in the Middle East. - 2/28/19

First Iranian-American Woman to Win Oscar Turns to Iran-Themed Films

- The first Iranian-American woman to win an Oscar, Rayka Zehtabchi, says she wants to build on Sunday's triumph of her documentary about menstruation by producing several films with Iran-related themes. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 2/27/19

Women managing 400 knowledge-based companies in Iran

- Out of the total number of 4,070 knowledge-based companies working in Iran, about 400 companies are established and being managed by women, Zeinab Hamidzadeh presidential advisor for science and technology said here on Sunday. - 2/26/19

Abuse of 11-Year-Old Child Bride in Iran Sees Some Lawmakers Calling for Reforms

- News of an 11-year-old girl in the Iranian city of Ilam being repeatedly raped after being illegally married off to a man four times her age has renewed protests by some members of Parliament against the law that allows child marriage. The child, referred to by the pseudo name of "Raha" by media outlets, was placed in the care of the State Welfare Organization (SWO) following the intervention of a provincial prosecutor because the marriage had taken place without the approval of a local court as required by civil law. -CHRI - 2/22/19

In and Out of the Imagination: Locating the Women of Achaemenid Persia

- Women are notoriously difficult to find in the indigenous sources of Achaemenid Iran. They are not absent, indeed sources show that royal women could be powerful, wealthy, and influential, but their presence has to be filtered through a range of diverse sources. There is no large-scale presence of women in official Achaemenid art, but that is not to say that the iconography does not exist. In this lecture, Prof. Llewellyn-Jones will bring together the visual representations of women from across the Achaemenid empire and explore the diversity of female 'types' encountered in small-scale artworks like seal images, jewellery and textiles. - 2/21/19

NIAC Action Endorses Yasmine Taeb for Virginia State Senate

- NIAC Action is proud to announce its official endorsement of Yasmine Taeb, candidate for Virginia's 35th Senate District. Yasmine is waging a primary challenge against the Virginia Senate's Democratic Minority Leader, Dick Saslaw. - 2/20/19

Police In Tehran Fire In The Air To Disperse Protests Against Hijab Enforcement

- The Iranian government's official news agency (IRNA) has confirmed reports that police in a working-class neighborhood of Tehran fired shots in the air Friday February 15 evening after residents had a clash with morality enforcement agents. -Radio Farda - 2/17/19

Iran needs youth league for talent identification: Coach Katayoun Khosrowyar

- Katayoun Khosrowyar, head coach of Iran's U19 women's football team, is worried for not having a youth league for talent identification and for development of young players. The Iranian team will participate at the Kuban Spring Women's U19 Football Tournament next month and she will test four new Iranian-American players in the event. - 2/15/19

IRAN: Grand Ayatollah Speaks Out Against Child Marriage

- The story of an 11-year-old girl, Raha, has once again set off another round of muscle flexing by ayatollahs and Shi'ite sources of emulation over the legal age for marriage. Raha, from the province of Ilam, western Iran, was recently forced to marry a 50-year-old man who already has a wife and seven children, Imam Ali Community reported on February 8, adding, "Raha was practically sold for 150 million rials (roughly $1,500)." -Radio Farda - 2/11/19

IRAN: President Rouhani's Former Deputy Says His Government Has Failed Women

- President Hassan Rouhani's former Deputy for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, has admitted that the president who campaigned as a moderate and his team failed to address major problems confronting Iranian women. -Radio Farda - 2/4/19

US-Born Iranian Newscaster Marzieh Hashemi Arrives Back in Iran

- A journalist who works for Iran's state-run television station has returned to Tehran after being detained in the United States. Marzieh Hashemi, is a news anchor for Press TV, was arrested Jan. 13 when she arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, to visit family. She was held for 10 days. -VOA - 1/31/19

IRAN: President Rouhani's Comments On Hijab, Censorship Draw Ire Of Ayatollahs

- President Hassan Rouhani is under fire from two Grand Ayatollahs angered by his recent comments on Iran's policies of compulsory hijab and Internet filtering. Speaking at a meeting with the Minster of Communications and Information Technology January 21, Rouhani reportedly remarked, "Regarding hijab, the Koran addresses men first, forbidding them to look at women in lecherous ways; but, sadly, we go after women and girls, and arrest them for their [improper] hijab." -Radio Farda - 1/25/19

U.S.-Born Iranian TV Anchorwoman Released From U.S. Detention, Officials Say

- Iranian television anchorwoman Marzieh Hashemi has been released from U.S. detention after being held as a material witness in an unidentified case, officials concerned with her case say. -RFE/RL - 1/24/19

UK Foreign Secretary: Iran's Treatment of Zaghari-Ratcliffe "Breach of Human Rights"

- UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt summoned Iran's ambassador to Tehran on January 14, 2018, the day Iranian British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and fellow prisoner, human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi, began a planned hunger strike in Tehran's Evin Prison. -CHRI - 1/16/19

Journalist Working For Iran's Press TV Reportedly Detained In U.S. By FBI

- U.S. authorities have detained a journalist and television presenter working for Iran's English-language Press TV on unspecified charges, the state-run broadcaster reported on January 16. Press TV said Marzieh Hashemi was detained on January 13 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in the state of Missouri. -RFE/RL - 1/16/19

Musician Ali Ghamsari Banned From Performing in Iran After Refusing to Remove Female Singer

- After the Iranian authorities banned musician Ali Ghamsari from performing "until further notice" for refusing to remove a female singer from his most recent concert in Tehran, he announced on his Instagram page that he "wasn't sorry at all." -CHRI - 1/15/19

Sufi Woman Jailed in Iran Sentenced to 148 Lashes For Criticizing Gharchak Prison Conditions

- Elham Ahmadi, an imprisoned member of the Sufi Gonabadi Order in Iran, has been sentenced to 148 lashes for speaking out about the denial of medical treatment and poor living conditions in Gharchak Prison located south of Tehran in the town of Varamin, where she is currently serving a two-year prison sentence. -CHRI - 1/15/19



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