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Silencing the Women's Rights Movement in Iran

Silencing the Women's Rights Movement in Iran

This report examines the Islamic Republic’s attempt to dismantle the women’s rights movement leading up to and following the June 12, 2009 presidential election. Members of the movement – from part-time volunteers to world-renowned human rights defenders – have been faced with a stark choice – cease their activism in order to protect themselves, their families and livelihoods, or continue their activism at the risk of facing criminal allegations, arbitrary arrest and detention, interrogation, torture and even death. Many have fled the country.

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Women’s Rights Movement in Iran 

1.1 Before the Islamic Republic

1.2 The Islamic Republic 

1.2.1 Ahmadinejad’s First Term (2005-2009)

2. Targeting of Women’s Rights Activists in Lead-Up to the June 2009

Election

2.1 Promises by Presidential Candidates 

2.2 Suppression of Activists 

3. Targeting of Women’s Rights Activists and Defenders Post-Election

3.1 Discrediting the Leadership

3.2 Arrests of Other Women’s Rights Activists

3.3 Arrests of Leaders, Members and Signature Collectors of One Million Signatures

Campaign

3.4 Arrests of Members of the Mourning Mothers 

3.5 Interrogations

3.6 Restriction on Freedom of Movement

4. Violations of International and Iranian Law

4.1 Violation of Fundamental Freedoms of Expression, Assembly and Association 

4.2 Denial of Due Process

4.3 Mistreatment and Torture in Detention 

4.4 Use of Bail as Punishment 

4.5 Official Harassment 

4.5.1 Right to Privacy

4.5.2 Right to Work

4.5.3 Freedom of Movement

Conclusion

Methodology

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Sexual Violence, Gender Rights, Death Penalty, Political Killings, Executions, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, Punishment, Personal Liberty, Arbitrary Detention, Travel Restrictions, Due Process, Right to an Attorney, Illegal Search and Seizure, Free Speech, Right to Protest, Protests, Free Association, Child Rights, Political Freedom, Equality Before the Law, Discrimination