Attempts to Persecute Human Rights Defender Mehrangiz Kar by Silencing Her Husband

June 19, 2006

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Mehrangiz Kar, journalist and Iranian women's rights activist, who was jailed in April 2000 for her writings and speeches on women's rights, was allowed to leave Iran for medical treatment for breast cancer in fall 2001. After she arrived in the United States, her husband, journalist Siamak Pourzand, was disappeared. He was brought to the phone a number of times to call Mehrangiz and their daughters Leila and Azadeh to pass on the message that they must refrain from speaking on his behalf and must avoid contact with the media.

Women's Human Rights Activists in Iran Arrested

December 7, 2000

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Updates on the arrests of lawyer and human rights advocate, Mehrangiz Kar; women's rights activist Shahla Lahiji; and human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi.

Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey

Since 9/11, the international emphasis on military-centered security has given rise to unprecedented challenges for human rights defenders. The push for “hard security” has increasingly taken priority over human rights protections at all levels of governance and policy making. This approach has failed to promote peace or guarantee individual safety and national security. Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey chronicles the history of the human rights movement and explores the need for a holistic understanding of universal human rights. It presents a compelling case on why human rights should be placed at the center of national and international policy making.

PRESS RELEASE: Leading Women's Rights Activists on ISIS Threat to Women

August 8, 2014

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Identity, Gender, and Activism in the Middle East-North Africa: An Online Discussion with Activists & Artists from the Region

December 10, 2013

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This February WLP launches our inaugural online Forum:

Identity, Gender, and Activism in the Middle East-North Africa

An Interactive Online Discussion with Activists & Artists from the Region 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:00 AM EST / 16:00 GMT

"Because Our Cause Is Just" Film Page

March 8, 2013

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Because Our Cause is Just is an eye-opening documentary about the struggle of women in countries experiencing the so-called “Arab Spring.” Begun as a civil movement of women and men seeking human rights and justice after decades of dictatorship, the revolutionary wave has not yielded justice for all. Instead, the political openings caused by these revolts have been exploited by Islamist groups who seek to not only exclude women from the political process but to remove them from public life through intimidation, oppressive legislation, and even physical violence. Through powerful interviews and on-the-ground footage, the film reveals how women in the Middle East-North Africa region are continuing to fight for the right to be part of their countries evolving political systems. The film is available in English, Arabic, and French.

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