Friday , 12 August 2022

Human rights

After the Latest Insult to Women, Will FIFA Now Suspend Iranian Football?

Iranwire – Tuesday, March 29 might yet be a watershed moment in the history of Iranian football under the Islamic Republic – if the International Football Federation (FIFA) chooses to make it so. News that Iranian women were blocked from attending a World Cup qualifying match in the city of Mashhad, and that security guards attacked them with pepper spray …

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Over 131.000 Iranian girls under age 15 married in five years

Iran-HRM – Data from the Statistics Center of Iran show that in the past five years, more than 131,000 girls under the age of 15 have been married, of which more than 7,500 married last summer. According to a report by the state-run Tejarat News website on Tuesday, March 29, the Statistics Center of Iran has disclosed that since 2017, …

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Iran: Women Blocked From Entering Stadium

(HRW) – Iranian authorities prevented dozens of Iranian women from entering Imam Reza football stadium in the city of Mashhad on March 29, 2022, possibly using excessive force, Human Rights Watch said today. FIFA should use its leverage with Iranian authorities to demand that they urgently overturn Iran’s discriminatory stadium ban on women and ensure accountability for abuses. The authorities prevented women, …

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Iran Human Rights Warns Against Resumption of Public Executions in Iran

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) – According to reports by Iranian media, two men have been sentenced to public execution for murder charges by a court in Foulad Shahr, Isfahan. Given that there have been no public executions in the last year and a half due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a return to such a cruel method of execution must be …

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Daughter Says Jailed Iranian Environmental Activist Ends Hunger Strike

RFL/RE – An Iranian-U.S.-British environmentalist who was convicted in Iran on what rights groups say were bogus national security charges has ended a weeklong hunger strike to protest his reincarceration. Morad Tahbaz was released on March 16, the same day as two high-profile British citizens, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori, who had been detained for more than five years, were …

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Amnesty Issues Scathing Report On Global Leadership In 2021 As Inequality Rises

RFL/RE – Amnesty International has slammed political leaders and corporate titans for putting profit and power ahead of people to “betray” their promises for a widespread global recovery from coronavirus pandemic. In a scathing annual report, released on March 29, the human rights watchdog accused political and business leaders of “peddling false promises” over pulling the world out of the pandemic, …

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Kurdish Prison Escapee: I Was Denied Surgery for 11 Years

Iranwire – For the past 11 years, activist Changiz Ghadam-Kheiri has been inside one of three prisons: Sanandaj, the capital of Iranian Kurdistan, and Masjed Soleiman and Ahvaz in Khuzestan. He was arrested on June 9, 2011 along with a number of other Kurdish citizens and charged with moharebeh (“war against God”) for membership of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan. The Revolutionary Court …

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Father beats daughter to death for ‘honor’ in southern Iran

Iran-HRM – A woman was beaten to death by her father because she wanted to get a divorce for the second time. The woman identified as 20-year-old Zinat Mazidi died after being beaten with an iron bar suffering multiple blows to the head. She was from a village in Fars Province. A photo of a poster announcing a memorial ceremony …

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“Oh Allah… Destroy the Jews, the Christians, the Hindus, the Russians, and the Shiites!”: The Persecution of Christians, February 2022

gatestoneinstitute.org – Authorities called on ten other Muslim converts to Christianity, who were earlier cleared of all charges, to take “re-education” classes led by Islamic clerics… Earlier, the prosecutor in the case against these Christians had said that “apostasy” from Islam was punishable under Islamic law, or sharia, “and in the hereafter,” even though it was “not criminalised in the …

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Baha’i Martyr of War: Mehrdad Ebrahimzadeh

Iranwire – During the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, from 1980 to 1988, thousands of Baha’is went to the front alongside their compatriots. Dozens of them were killed, wounded or captured. The Islamic Republic is reluctant to name them alongside other victims of the conflict – the ones were were killed are officially termed “martyrs” of the war. A continuing series of …

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