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Take Action Now: Tell Iran campaigning for women’s rights is not a ’threat to national security’

Friday 27 April 2007


Nobel Women’s Initative: (25 April 2007) Iranian authorities have increased their harassment of nonviolent women’s rights activists. Tell them campaigning for women’s rights is not a threat to national security. Take Action here.

Background

At least 11 women’s rights activists have been summoned to the Revolutionary Court in the past week and another 50 cases are pending. On 23 April two more women’s rights activists were sentenced to prison, reportedly charged with "gathering and colluding to disturb national security", "disturbing public order" and "disobeying the orders of officials". Noushin Ahmadi and Parvin Ardalan were sentenced to six months in jail and two and half years suspended sentence. On April 18, Fariba Davoudi Mohajer and Sussan Tahmasebi were sentenced to prison with the same charges. The four activists were organizers of a peaceful protest on June 12, 2006 demanding equal rights for women and the "One Million Signatures" campaign demanding an end to discriminatory laws against women.

"I am shocked to hear of these sentences. Campaigning to end discriminatory laws should not send a woman to jail. Working to build an equal society is building human security, not threatening national security," said Shirin Ebadi.

The Iranian authorities have increased their harassment of women’s rights activists by breaking up several peaceful public demonstrations and continuously blocking access to websites focused the women’s rights campaign for an end to discriminatory laws.

Amnesty International expressed concern in an April 20 statement that "such protestors have been increasingly targeted since the Minister of Intelligence Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie publicly accused the women’s movement and student campaigners of being a part of an enemy conspiracy for a "soft subversion" of the government in Iran on 10 April 2007."

Tell the Iranian authorities that campaigning for women’s rights is not a threat to national security. Tell them to release immediately and unconditionally all those detained in connection with recent peaceful demonstrations for equality, to drop charges and to stop harassing women’s rights activists. Take ActionHERE.

To read an article written by Noushin Ahmadi about collecting signatures for the One Million Signatures Campaign click here.

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