ranian Activists Abroad at Risk if Europe, U.S. Don’t Address Iran’s Unlawful Activities

July 14, 2021 – The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) today condemned in the strongest terms a foiled attempt by Iranian state agents to kidnap Iranian-American activist Masih Alinejad from U.S. soil, and urged the American and European governments to urgently pursue policies that address Iran’s kidnappings and increasingly unlawful and violent behavior. Continue reading “ranian Activists Abroad at Risk if Europe, U.S. Don’t Address Iran’s Unlawful Activities”

Narges Mohammadi Attacked and Threatened Twice in Past Week by State Agents

Iran Should Stop Assaulting, Threatening Peaceful Activists

June 17, 2021 – Iranian authorities should stop physically assaulting, harassing and threatening peaceful activists in Iran, including the prominent rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that she fears for her life after being twice violently confronted by unidentified state security agents in less than a week. Continue reading “Narges Mohammadi Attacked and Threatened Twice in Past Week by State Agents”

Barred from travel by husband, Iran ski coach works remotely

Iran’s ski coach tells The Associated Press that her husband blocked her from traveling to the world championships in Italy because she wouldn’t consent to a divorce

Samira Zargari

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer- 18 February 2021, CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — When the husband of Iran’s Alpine ski team coach took advantage of a local law and barred his wife from leaving the country, Samira Zargari picked up her phone and continued coaching remotely. Continue reading “Barred from travel by husband, Iran ski coach works remotely”

Iran Sentences French-Iranian Academic to 6 Years in Prison

Fariba Adelkhah has been detained north of Tehran since 2019.

Fariba Adelkhah in 2012. She is an expert on Shia Islam at Sciences Po in Paris, with French and Iranian citizenship, and was detained in Tehran last June. Credit…Thomas Arrive/Sciences Po, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The New York Times – By Elian Peltier – May 16, 2020 -PARIS — A French-Iranian academic who has been detained in Iran for almost a year was sentenced on Saturday to six years in prison on national security charges, according to her lawyer. Continue reading “Iran Sentences French-Iranian Academic to 6 Years in Prison”

Iranian Women Attend Football Match in Major Challenge to Stadium Ban, But Discriminatory Restrictions Persist

October 9, 2019 – Nearly four decades after women were banned from sports stadiums in Iran, a few thousand tickets were sold to female fans ahead of an October 10, 2019, World Cup qualifier match between the Iranian and Cambodian national teams.

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Arrests, Prison Sentences Fail to Stem Growing Public Opposition to Iran’s Mandatory Hijab Law

At Least 12 People Sentenced to Prison Since January 2018

August 19, 2019 – Mounting arrests and prison sentences have not enabled Iran’s government to achieve broad public compliance with the country’s mandatory hijab law, or stem growing protests against it.

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Overlooked No More: Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian Poet Who Broke Barriers of Sex and Society

An author unafraid to defy midcentury attitudes about her gender. “What is important is humanity,” she said, “not being a man or a woman.”

Forough Farrokhzad near Tehran circa 1966. She was one of Iran’s pre-eminent mid-20th-century writers, both reviled and revered for her poems. Ebrahim Golestan

Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With Overlooked, we’re adding the stories of remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in The Times.

Jan. 30, 2019, The New York Times, By Amir-Hussein Radjy, 

When a radio interviewer suggested to the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad that her verses could be characterized as “feminine,” she rejected the notion.

“What is important is humanity, not being a man or a woman,” she said. “If a poem can get to that point, it is no longer connected with its creator but with a world of poetry.”

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Jailed mother begins hunger strike as husband says she was ‘pushed to spy for Iran’

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January 14, 2019-  CNN – By Sheena McKenzie, London (CNN)A British-Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran since 2016 began a hunger strike Monday in a desperate attempt to receive medical treatment, as her husband said that prison guards had asked her to spy on the UK in return for her freedom.

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Iran should realise jailing Nazanin Zaghari‑Ratcliffe harms its security

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is not alone, figuratively at least. Her incarceration is part of Iran’s wider war on women’s rights.’ Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

It is Tehran’s hardline clerics who are endangering the nation, not innocents languishing in the nation’s jails

Jan.11.2019 . Guardian – Simon Tisdall –  

Iran’s merciless persecution of Nazanin Zaghari‑Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British woman held in Tehran’s Evin prison on spurious charges of spying, is deeply disturbing. What possible purpose was served by the airing this week on state television of a video showing her arrest in April 2016, as she prepared to board a plane to London?

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