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Iran: The dire situation for women

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London, 30 May - The women of Iran have been brutally repressed for decades and they are treated like second-class citizens. They have very little freedom and are even subject to specific dress codes. However, this does not mean that the women in Iran do not have a voice – quite the contrary, in fact.

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London, 3 May - “Resist, my homeland, there is not much left of you

Soon you will hear in your sky

the sound of smiles and liberation’s call.”

~ Ma’edeh Shabaninejad

Fifteen year-old Ma’edeh Shabaninejad is accused of inciting violence through her poetry about Iran’s Arab minority. She was arrested two months ago at her aunt’s house in the southern city of Ahvaz, where she was hiding. According to her father, Sahid Shabaninejad, security forces had previously raided her own home and confiscated her poems.

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London, 10 Mar - The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, decided to share his views on women’s rights on International Women’s Day and it didn’t go down well among Iranian women or their supporters.

Khamenei used Twitter- a site banned for the Iranian people- to praise his bastardised version of Islam for keeping women “modest” and in their “defined roles”, by which he means as wives and mothers, while lashing out at the West for corrupting women into leading a “deviant lifestyle”.

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London, 26 Mar - A high-ranking Iranian Shiite cleric has advised the authorities to be tougher in their crackdowns on women protesting the compulsory hijab laws in Iran.

Nasser Makarem Shirazi also insisted that Iranian officials needed to stop referring to the laws as “compulsory hijab” because it has “negative connotation[s]” that risk undermining the Iranian Regime.

He said that the hijab was not “forced” upon Iranian women by the Regime, but rather it is “a requirement women should comply with”, which sounds pretty much compulsory to everyone else.

Iran Focus

London, 08 Mar - An Iranian woman who publically removed her headscarf in Tehran has been sentenced to two years in prison, according to Iran's state-run news agencies.

Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said that the woman, who he did not identify, was attempting to "encourage corruption through the removal of the hijab in public."

The Mizan Online news agency, which is affiliated with the Iranian judiciary, also didn’t name the woman in its reports, but indicated that she would appeal.

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