Iran

Claiming Our Rights Through Nonviolent Movement-Building

October 7, 2010

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Challenges of Change: Religion, Secularism & Rights Panel 4: Chaired by Carolyn Long, Speakers Pregs Govender (video), Marian Wright Edelman, and Mahnaz Afkhami

Challenges of Change Symposium

Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoodeh on Hunger Strike

October 6, 2010

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Change for Equality: Nasrin Sotoodeh, a human rights lawyer who has taken up the task of representing many social and political activists as well as juvenile offenders on a pro-bono basis has, according to several reports, been on a hunger strike since September 24. Nasrin Sotoodeh was arrested on September 4 after she was issued a summons to appear in court. The summons to appear in court followed a search of her home and confiscation of personal property by security forces.

Blogger and Campaign Activist Navid Mohebbi Arrested

October 3, 2010

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Change for Equality: According to a news report by Daneshjoo News website, Navid Mohebbi, a blogger and an activist in the One Million Signatures Campaign was arrested on the 18th of September. According to reports published on the site of the Committee for Human Rights Reporters, this activist was arrested in his family home in Amol city. He has since been moved to a prison in Sari. These same reports indicate that Navid was beaten and threatened during the arrest.

Fifty Equal Rights Activists with Five Thousand Signatures in Majles

September 28, 2010

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Change for Equality: More than 5000 signatures were delivered to the Iranian parliament(Majles) in opposition to passing and promotion of a polygamy law.

The Campaign from a Different Perspective: A Series of Articles to Commemorate the Campaign's 4th Anniversary

August 30, 2010

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Four years have passed since the start of our struggle for equality. Four years filled with major changes and upheavals for the people of Iran. A Campaign which started with the goal of changing ten laws, from numerous discriminatory laws in Iran’s legal code, is today facing both encouragement and criticism.

Urgent Alert: Zeynab Jalalian in Danger of Execution

June 28, 2010

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Zeynab Jalalian, whose death sentence for “Enmity against God” was confirmed by Iran’s Supreme Court in November 2009, is now at risk of imminent execution. The exact date and time of the execution has not been released, but her sentence has been submitted for implementation and may take place in a matter of hours or days. This news comes from her attorney, whose efforts to represent Jalalian were rejected by the courts.

A Special Report: Movement Building in Iran

September 30, 2008

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On July 26, 2006, Ashraf Kalhori, a 37 year old mother of four, learned that her sentence of death by stoning was about to be carried out. Until that point, the punishment of stoning, which had officially been under a moratorium since 2002, had remained a taboo topic in Iranian public discourse. Ms. Kalhori’s case, however, mobilized a group of lawyers and transnational women’s activists who were concerned that this unmentionable punishment was in fact becoming more commonplace. From this seed, the “Stop Stoning Forever” campaign, and ultimately the work of Women’s Field (Meydaan), a trailblazing website and network of women’s rights activists in Iran, took root.

Prototype Persian Course with Participants from Iran and Afghanistan

March 21, 2007

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From January-March 2004, four leading Afghan and Iranian participants worked together over a ten-week period to develop, test and adapt the curriculum for the Persian eCourse. Course sessions focused on four primary areas of leadership learning: exploring the concept of participatory leadership and the ethics of good leadership, examining personal leadership skills, developing a personal vision statement, and formulating a shared vision statement.

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