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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

Iranian Political Prisoners, Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and Baha'i Azita Rafizadeh, Refuse Phone Calls in Solidarity With Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

- Two political prisoners held in the same ward as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran's Evin Prison have given up their right to phone calls until the authorities lift newly imposed restrictions targeting the Iranian UK dual national as well her fellow inmates in the Women's Ward. -CHRI - 1/13/19

Famed Iranian Playwright Mohammad Rahmanian Charged for Allegedly Featuring Female Soloist

- Prominent Iranian theater director and playwright Mohammad Rahmanian has been charged with "propaganda against the state" based on a complaint by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for allegedly featuring a female soloist in his play. He was also detained and released later that day after responding to a summons to appear at a court in Tehran on January 6, 2018, to answer questions about the play, "Old Songs: Paykan Javanan." - 1/13/19

Mother of Imprisoned Iranian Activist Describes Beatings and Threats by Interrogators to Kill Family

- In the wake of revelations of the torture of labor activist Esmail Bakhshi, others have stepped forward to join the public outcry over abuses committed against detainees in Iran by detailing their own experiences of torture in Iranian prisons. The mother of imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi recently spoke to Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) about the abuse directed against her daughter. - 1/10/19

Death Of A Young Woman And Suspicions Surrounding A Lawmaker

- The death of a young woman in Malekan, northwest Iran, has led to controversy and suspicions of possible involvement by a lawmaker. The body of Zahra Navidpoor was discovered January 6 in her mother's house and the prosecutor's office in Malekan issued a statement saying it was an "apparent suicide". But investigations are underway to determine the actual cause of death. -Radio Farda - 1/10/19

Baha'i Woman Sentenced to 11.9 Years in Prison, Banned From University in Iran

- Yekta Fahandej Sa'di was sentenced to 11 years and nine months in prison for her Baha'i religious beliefs by a preliminary court in the city of Shiraz in south-central Iran on December 30, 2018, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 1/6/19

Iran's Khademalsharieh Claims Silver At Women's Section Of World Blitz Championship

- Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran claimed a silver medal at the World Blitz Championship on Sunday. Russian Kateryna Lagno won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Khademalsharieh took the silver with 13 points and the bronze medal went to Chinese Lei Tingjie who scored 12.5 points. -Tehran Times - 12/31/18

IRAN: President Rouhani Deputy Speaks Against Child Marriage

- An advisor to Iran's president criticizing early marriage laws says if thirteen-year-olds can get married then they can also vote or get a driver's license. Ma'asoumeh Ebtekar, Hassan Rouhani's deputy on family and women's affairs criticized on Monday the rejection of a bill by a parliamentary commission that would have banned child marriages in Iran. -Radio Farda - 12/31/18

Faezeh Hashemi, Daughter Of Former Iranian President, Attacks Islamic Republic, Rouhani

- Former MP and reformist human rights activist Faezeh Hashemi says the one reason there has not been a regime change in Iran is that the people do not know what will happen to them and who will take over power after the Islamic Republic. -Radio Farda - 12/28/18

Bill to Ban Child Marriages in Iran Facing Implacable Opposition by Religious Conservatives

- A proposed bill seeking to ban child marriage in Iran continues to face stiff opposition amongst conservative lawmakers and religious figures, and remains stalled in parliament. The so-called "child spouse" bill, introduced into parliament in 2016, proposes an absolute ban on the marriage of girls under age 13 and an absolute ban for the marriage of boys under 16. For the marriage of girls between the ages of 13-16 and for boys between the ages 16-18, the bill would require parental consent and court permission. Marriage for girls over 16 and for boys over 18 would require no court permission. -CHRI - 12/23/18

IRAN: President Rouhani Order For More Women In Top Posts 'Ignored'

- A member of the women's faction in the Iranian Parliament says only 17 percent of managerial positions in Iran are held by women and that President Hassan Rouhani's order to appoint women to 30 percent of managerial posts has been ignored. -Radio Farda - 12/14/18

PHOTOS: 1st Festival of Iranian Fashion Kickstarts in Tehran

- Aseman Art and Culture Center was the venue for the opening ceremony of the first Festival of Iranian Fashion (CIPAL) in Tehran. Artists and fans attended the event on Friday. -Honar Online - 12/11/18

Iranian men & women teams nominated for the World's Best National Futsal Teams

- Iran' men's and women's futsal teams have been nominated for the best national team in the world. The Iranian outfits won the AFC Futsal Championship and are vying with eight other teams to win the UMBRO Futsal Award 2018. - 12/8/18

Iranians Farzaneh Tavasoli, Fatemeh Etedadi nominated for world's best female futsal goalkeeper, player

- Iran futsal custodian Farzaneh Tavasoli has been nominated as the Best Female Goalkeeper in the World. Also, Fatemeh Etedadi from Iran along with nine other stars of international women futsal, were nominees for the Best Female Player in the World. - 12/5/18

Defending Child Marriage, Policy Maker Says It Saves Girls From Prostitution

- A prominent member of the Islamic Republic's Cultural and Social Council for Women is defending child marriage, arguing it protects girls from a life of prostitution and illegal abortions. Fereshteh Rouhafza said told ILNA in an interview published on December 4, that in light of the rapidly growing number of increasingly young girls undergoing illegal abortions and joining the sex trade, "opposition to child marriage is wrong." -Radio Farda - 12/5/18

Iranian Female Billiard Player Gets Snookered On 'Un-Islamic Conduct' Charges

- Akram Mohammadi Amini, the first Iranian female billiards player to win an international medal, has been banned from competition for two years for allegedly violating Islamic dress code and smoking during a recent tournament. The decision was issued by the Islamic Republic's Billiards, Bowling, and Boxing Federation, which has also barred Amini from entering sports arenas for two years. The federation says Ms. Amini has the right to appeal the decision. -Radio Farda - 12/4/18

Iran Sentences Journalist Hengameh Shahidi To 12 Years In Prison

- An Iranian revolutionary court has sentenced a journalist to a nearly 13-year prison term over security charges, Iranian media report. Reformist journalist Hengameh Shahidi can appeal the verdict that sentenced her to 12 years and 9 months in jail. She has also been banned from joining political groups, media activity, and leaving the country. - 12/2/18

Prominent Iranian Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Facing Additional Charge For Defending Human Rights

- Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago-a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 12/2/18

Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The Open Stadiums campaign, which describes itself as a "movement of Iranian women seeking to end discrimination and let women enter stadiums," welcomed the board's recommendations on Iran as a "Great achievement for Iranian female football fans who insisted for their right to enter to stadiums for more than 13 years." - 11/28/18

FOOTBALL: Uzbekistan defeats Iran in CAFA Women's Championship

- Iran lost to Uzbekistan 2-1 at the 2018 CAFA Women's Championship on Tuesday. The Iranian football team had started the competition with a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Sunday. Team Melli will play Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Thursday and Saturday respectively. -Tehran Times - 11/28/18

FIFA Human Rights Panel Urges Tough Line On Iran's Ban Of Female Fans

- The FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board has called on the soccer body to set a deadline for ending Iran's ban on women attending male sporting events. "FIFA should be explicit" giving the Iranian soccer federation a timetable to comply, and should warn of "anticipated sanctions if it does not," the FIFA-appointed human rights experts said in a report published on November 26. -RFE/RL - 11/27/18

Banning Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh From Seeing Her Children is Cruel and Unlawful

- Imprisoned defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has sued Iranian authorities for banning her from seeing her children and other family in Evin Prison for the past two months under the pretext of her alleged "improper hijab." "First the Iranian authorities imprisoned Sotoudeh for defending human rights and now they're harassing her in jail by taking away the few rights she has left, including visits with her children," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 11/15/18

Women Allowed To Attend Asian Champions League Soccer Final In Tehran

- Hundreds of Iranian women have been allowed to attend the Asia Champions League final in Tehran, local media report, in what was seen as a possible step toward ending their decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches. -RFE/RL - 11/12/18

Anna Eskamani's fame is rising -- in Iran

- Democratic state Rep.-elect Anna Eskamani has been no stranger to national media coverage throughout her campaign, and now her election in House District 47 Tuesday also is drawing attention of Iranian media and international media broadcasting into Iran. -Scott Powers, Florida Politics - 11/9/18

U.S. 2018 Midterm Elections: Iranian American Women Make History

- PAAIA congratulates Anna Eskamani, Anna Kaplan, Zahra Karinshak, and Sam Hamadani for making history in the 2018 midterm elections. Of the five Iranian American candidates endorsed by IAPAC, PAAIA's connected political action committee, four were successful in their campaigns. These women have become the first Iranian Americans to be elected to the New York, Georgia, and Florida state legislatures, and the first Iranian American judge to be elected in North Carolina. - 11/7/18

Iranian American Women Making Their Mark on the 2018 Midterm Elections

- The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the registered bipartisan connected political action committee of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), proudly supports five Iranian American women who are leading impressive campaigns in their respective races and who will be on the ballot in the November 6th General Election. - 11/6/18

Watered Down Domestic Violence Bill in Approval Stage Eight Years After Drafting in Iran

- A heavily revised Bill for the Protection of Women Against Violence has been sent to the Iranian city of Qom for review by Shia scholars, according to Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar, who made the announcement on October 12, 2018. - 10/22/18

Iran's Prosecutor Says It's A Sin For Women To Watch Men Play Soccer. These Women Watched Anyway

- A decision by Iranian authorities to allow a small group of selected women to watch an October 16 soccer match between Iran and Bolivia at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Stadium was welcomed by the country's reformist press as a step forward and a victory for Iranian women, who have been banned from men's sports events. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/18/18

In Rare Move, Iran Lets Some Women Attend Men's Soccer in Tehran

- Iran has allowed an organized group of women to attend a men's soccer match at a Tehran stadium for the first time in decades, after years of campaigning by activists against a ban on female attendance. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 10/17/18

Afghan refugee Forozan Faghiri: She defied odds to become an accomplished physicist in Iran

- Forozan Faghiri, born in Kabul and raised in Tehran, has overcome insurmountable odds to carve a niche for herself. A young scientist and physicist, Faghiri did not allow her refugee status and difficult living conditions come in the way of her dreams. At 30, she has hit headlines in both Iran and Afghanistan for her accomplishments. - 10/16/18



Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

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