AI: Iranian Authorities Thwart Campaign for Gender Equality

Wednesday 29 August 2007

Amnesty International has included a story outlining pressures on Iranian women’s rights activists involved in the One Million Signatures Campaign, which seeks to reform laws that discriminate against women, on the Stop Violence Against Women section of its website.

This story explains that: "activists campaigning for gender equality in Iran are unable to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association, as shown by a number of recent arrests. Many of those arrested are supporters of the Campaign for Equality, a network which works to end legal discrimination against women."

The article goes fruther to chronicle the pressures placed on women active in the Campaign, including the recent sentencing of Nasim Sarabandi and Fatemeh Dehdashti, two members of the Campaign, who were arrested while collecting signatures in support of its petition and have since been sentenced to 6 months prison, a term which is suspended for 2 years.

Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to abolish laws that discriminate against women and to drop charges against women’s rights activists involved in this peaceful Campaign.

Read the article.


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