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* Envoy Condemns US Officials' Irresponsible Comments on Iran  News Report

* 'Israel will be destroyed if it attacks Iran'  News Report

* Warning of long war if Israel attacks Iran  News Report

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* Iran denies Ahmadi-Nejad was attacked  News Report

* Sanctions set stage for a new push on Iran  News Report

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* Ahmadinejad again voices Sept. 11 doubts  News Report

* Clinton, Obama tackle Iran issue in debate  News Report

* Bomb kills at least 9 in Iran mosque  News Report

* Iran demands Israel stop force threats  News Report

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* Clashes in Nile Delta after strike aborted  News Report

* When a great power goes mad  News Report

* Iranians defy censor with bootleg DVDs  News Report

* Putin says Iran is no threat  News Report

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* Court removes PKK from terror funds list  News Report

* 12 militants wanted by Israel flee Palestinian jail in West Bank after fight  News Report

* Limiting Tehran’s Influence?  Ali Behrooz

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* Iranian critic not guilty of espionage  News Report

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* Conference in Qom focuses on Iran-US challenges  News Report

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* Iran's top dissident cleric calls for U.S. talks  News Report

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* 'Desperate' Musharraf declares martial law  News Report

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* US declares PKK 'a common enemy'  News Report

* Iran urged to join Gulf nuclear deal  News Report

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* Iran's nuclear negotiator resigns  News Report

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* NATO says shipment of roadside bombs was 'from Iran'  News Report

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* Bhutto defiant over bomb attack  News Report

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Women's Rights - Compiled News
[ News Report]  [2007-07-12 16:06:35]
[Source: Iran's Crises – English (ICE)]


Don't fiddle with laws about women, warns Iran

Reuters

July 05, 2007 Edition 4

Tehran - Activists should not try to change Islamic laws relating to women's rights, according to Iran's supreme leader.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this yesterday, two days after one campaigner was reportedly sentenced to 34 months in jail and 10 lashes.

Khamenei also lambasted the West for using women as a tool to advertise products, make money and satisfy "disorderly and unlawful sexual needs".

Campaigners say Iranian women face difficulties in getting a divorce and criticise inheritance laws they say are unjust and the fact that their court testimony is worth half that of a man's.

The Islamic Republic rejects allegations that it is discriminating against women, saying it follows Sharia law.

"We are witnessing in our country that some women activists and some men are trying to play with Islamic laws … in order to harmonise them with international conventions related to women. This is wrong," Khamenei said.

"They shouldn't see the solution in changing Islamic jurisprudence laws."

But he indicated that some Islamic rules regarding women could change if jurisprudence research led to a new understanding.

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Unexpected Sentence for Delaram Ali, Women’s Rights Defender

2 Years, 10 Months Jail Term and 10 Lashes, for Peaceful Protest in June, 2006

Change for Equality

Tuesday 3 July 2007

Delaram Ali, woman’s rights defender, appeared in the 15th District of the Revolutionary Courts, in Tehran on Monday July 2, 2007, following a summons to court. In court, Delaram was handed a sentence for her participation in the peaceful gathering of women’s rights defenders in June 2006, in Hafte Tir Square, which ended with police violence and brutality and the arrest of 70 protesters. While in court, Delaram Ali was allowed to view her sentence and copy by hand the verdict for her own records.

Delaram Ali, who is a women’s rights activist and student and a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, was sentenced for her participation in this peaceful protest to 2 years and 10 months prison term (which must be served in full) and 10 lashes.

The sentence issued by Judge Salavati, in charge of the 15th District of the Revolutionary Courts, relied on ammendments 500, 610 and 618 of the Penal Code finding Delaram guilty of propaganda against the state, sentencing her to a six month prison term, participation in the June 12th protest, sentencing her to a two-year prison term, and disruption of public order sentencing her to a 4 month prison term and 10 lashes.

This sentence which totals 2 years and 10 months jail term and 10 lashes, was commuted to this woman’s rights defender at a time, when similar cases against other women’s rights defenders charged in relation to the June 2006 protest, have received much lighter sentences. This disparity in sentencing demonstrates lack of unity among the courts and judges in treatment of women’s rights activists.

The verdict issued by the court in the case of Delaram Ali, based its findings on a report by the Tehran Branch of the Intelligence Ministry, which claimed that Ms. Ali was guilty of the charges against her, and found her to be a "criminal".

Such skewed findings by courts, influenced by the conspiracy and security oriented perspective of Intellegence officials, not only undermines and brings into question the independence of the court system and judiciary, but threatens the concepts of democracy and respect for human and civil rights. Additionally, failure to officially recognize civil action, by viewing civil activists as "criminals" and forcing women’s rights defenders to endure lashings or state sanctioned physical torture, is in fact the most contradictory and most illegitimate aspect of the sentence issued in the case of Delaram.

Prior to Delaram’s sentence other women’s rights activists had been issued sentences in relation to the June 12th protest in Hafte Tir Square, which demanded equal rights for women under the law, as follows:

1) Fariba Davoodi Mohajer: Three years suspended sentence and 1 year prison term;

2) Noushin Ahmadi Khorasan: Two years suspended sentence and 6 months jail term;

3) Parvin Ardalan: Two years suspended sentence and 6 months jail term;

4) Shahla Entesari: Two years suspended sentence and 6 months jail term;

5) Sussan Tahmasebi: One year and 6 months suspended sentence and 6 months jail term;

6) Azadeh Forghani: 2 years suspended sentence; and

7) Bahareh Hedayat: 2 years suspended sentence.

Sentences for Maryam Zia, Nasim Soltan Beigi, and Alieh Eghdam doost, also defendants in the June 12, 2006 protest in Hafte Tir Square have yet to be issued.

It should be noted that suspended sentences are in fact subject to implementation if the defendant is found guilty of any crime in the course of 5 years following the sentence. In this way, the courts and intelligence ministry aim to isolate activists and make them inactive in the social realm.





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