Azar 21 1398 - December 12 2019
IAPAC Proud to Endorse Sarah Beeson for Georgia State Senate

The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected PAC of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), today proudly announces its endorsement of Sarah Beeson for Georgia State Senate District 56. Sarah Zibanejadrad Beeson is a businesswoman who runs her family's company that has been based in Georgia State Senate District 56 for more than two decades. If successful, she will be the second Iranian American elected to the Georgia State Senate. 12/11/19

Iran Lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri Says She Will Not Run Again As Protest To Brutal Suppression

The leader of women's faction in the Iranian parliament (Majles) has announced she will not run for a seat in the upcoming elections as protest to the bloody suppression of protests in November. Parvaneh Salahshouri, 54, representing Tehran districts says she also objects to policies that restrict the parliament's power and authority. -Radio Farda 12/10/19

Iranian Girl Wins Reputation by Walking a Thin Line

Reyhaneh Armaghani is an Iranian girl whose unusual career and field of sport, highlining, has won her some reputation. She walks on a thin belt, practices slack line and unicycle, and works at heights. "I got acquainted with this field at the 2014 Climbing Festival in Kermanshah," Reyhaneh Armaghani told Hamshahri newspaper in a recent interview. -IFP 12/9/19

Axis of hope

In her new book, Axis of Hope: Iranian Women's Rights Activism across Borders (University of Washington Press, 2019), Catherine Sameh, assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of California, Irvine, shares the stories and practices of women's human rights activists both inside and outside of Iran. -UCI 12/5/19

Lawmaker Says Some Embedded With Iran Protesters To Destroy Property

A female member of Iran's parliament has referred to "groups of people who were embedded with demonstrators" just to destroy property during recent anti-government protests. Paravaneh Salhashouri was replying to a tweet by Mohammad Ali Jafari, the former commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) who attempted to portray President Hassan Rouhani's administration as unresponsive to frustrations felt by ordinary Iranians. -Radio Farda 11/30/19

Iranian women footballers runners-up at CAFA U23 Championship

Iran finished CAFA U23 Women's Championship with heads held high. Maryam Azmoun's team finished runners up after the team defeated Afghanistan 7-0 in their final match. The CAFA Championship is an international football competition in Central Asia for the member nations of the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA). 11/29/19

Stop Violence Against Women

The UN states: "Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today." In 1999, the UN designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in order to raise public awareness of the problem. One of the aims of this day is to highlight the degree to which this violence is hidden-a salient factor in the Iranian context, where social stigma makes it difficult for a woman to speak out against domestic violence. -CHRI 11/26/19

Inside Iran's Underground Fashion Industry

Tehran-based fashion designers Shirin and Shiva Vaqar joined Hoda Katebi, an Iranian-American activist who founded America's first apparel manufacturing co-op run by refugee women. They discussed the fashion industry in Iran, a country that has long been isolated from the Western world. -BOF 11/22/19

Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini makes history by winning medal

Elham Hosseini became the first Iranian woman to win a medal in an international weightlifting tournament. Hosseini claimed a bronze medal at the 2019 Weightlifting IWF Naim Suleymanoglu Tournament on Saturday. 11/18/19

Iranian Startups: Komodaa's Success Story Is Heard From Shiraz

Sana Khalesi, founder of Komodaa, formerly a content writer in the UK and Greece, says of launching komodaa Startup in Shiraz and that she and her team are thinking of a market of 3,600 billion Tomans (about 300 million dollars). Komodaa is the first Eco-friendly and online fashion marketplace in Iran that tackles this issue by making it super simple to buy/sell pre-owned wearables. -Tahereh Khajegiri, Shanbe Magazine 11/17/19

Italy's Sulmona Film Festival's Best Actress Award Goes To Iran'a Behdokht Valian For Role In "Tattoo"

Iranian actress Behdokht Valian was named best actress for her role in director Farhad Delaram's drama "Tattoo" at the 37th Sulmona International Film Festival in Italy, the organizers announced on Saturday. The film is about a young girl who wants to renew her driver's license but she is sent to the traffic police center for her tattoos. 11/13/19

An Entity Offering Services For Polygamy Operates In Iran

Come and enjoy our free training workshops for polygamy, a controversial Persian ad on Instagram invites users in Iran to try the service. The ad shows a "happily smiling family"; a man, his four "cheerful" wives, and their three joyful children, waving flags of the Islamic Republic of Iran. -Radio Farda 11/11/19

Iranian Activists Mourn Azam Taleghani, Campaigner For Women's Rights

Activists, cultural figures, and other prominent Iranians have mourned the death of Azam Taleghani, a women's rights activist who fought repeatedly, and unsuccessfully, to become Iran's female presidential candidate. 11/4/19

Iranian woman skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah wins BP Courage Award

The BP Courage Award was presented to Iranian cross-country skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah on Friday. She became the first Iranian female to qualify for a Paralympic Winter Games, Paralympic.org reported. 10/27/19

IRAN: Another Mother Denied Visits With Children Under Evin Prison's New Director

Following additional restrictions imposed on political prisoners in Tehran's Evin Prison by its newly appointed Director Gholamreza Ziaei, Maryam Akbari-Monfared's visits with her family members have been canceled, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI 10/25/19

Iranian women win two more medals at World Wushu Championships

Iranian Talolu practitioners won two more medals at the 15th edition of the World Wushu Championships on Tuesday. Hanieh Rajabi won a silver medal at the nandao discipline and Zahra Kiani snatched a bronze medal at the Women's Changquan. 10/23/19

Iranian Actress Matin Sotudeh Summoned to Court for Red Carpet Attire: "The Reaction Shocked Me"

Iranian actress Matin Sotudeh was summoned to the Guidance Court in Tehran for her attire at the premiere of "Maskharehbaz" (English title: "A Hairy Affair") in the capital city on October 10, 2019. Sotudeh's neck-covering hijab, with her hair showing around her face and a buttoned-up, long-sleeved tunic that was tucked into belted pants, resulted in the 34-year-old film star being ordered to appear in court... -CHRI 10/22/19

Iranian Woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini eyes Olympics berth

Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini is targeting the Tokyo Olympics. Hosseini was part of Iran national team who participated at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand for the first time. Hosseini, who finished in 16th place in the women's 71kg with a total of 191kg, has participated in qualifying events so far. 10/21/19

Iranian Labor Activist Atefeh Rangriz Starts Hunger Strike

Political prisoner Atefeh Rangriz, who is behind bars since attending a protest during the last International Labor Day (May 1) in Tehran, says that she has gone on hunger strike. Ms. Rangriz is protesting the illegal process of her trial, denying the right to be released on bail, and unfair verdicts. Ms. Rangriz started her hunger strike on Wednesday, October 16. -Radio Farda 10/21/19

14 Women Activists To Be Prosecuted For Demanding Resignation Of Iran's Supreme Leader

The prosecution of 14 women who signed a statement demanding the resignation of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei will begin on October 21, 2019, at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. They have been charged with "propaganda against the state" and "assembly and collusion against national security," Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, an attorney representing three of the defendants, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). 10/20/19

Female pilots take control of first Iranian domestic flight

Reports in the Iranian media shows a female captain and her co-pilot (Neshat Jahandari and Forouz Firouzi) have flown a passenger plane, a first in the history of the country's aviation industry. The reports published on Tuesday showed photos of the two pilots taken from the social media showing them before and after the two-way flight between the capital Tehran and the second largest city of Mashhad, located east of the country. -Press TV 10/16/19

Iranian Women Artists Showcased in Upcoming Exhibit Curated by Shirin Neshat

The Center for Human Rights in Iran is honored to announce an upcoming exhibition of thirteen contemporary Iranian women artists in New York City, curated by the internationally acclaimed artist Shireen Neshat. The show, A Bridge Between You and Everything features nearly 100 works-paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video-by both established and emerging artists, who began working after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. The exhibition is organized by the Center. 10/15/19

Iran Minister Says More Stadiums Made Ready To Accept Women Fans

Iran's minister of sports says that ten stadiums have been readied to accept female fans, after a 38-year ban was broken on October 10, when women were allowed to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer match. -Radio Farda 10/15/19

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

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