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One Million Signature Campaign Honored with Simone de Beauvoir Award

End pressure on women’s rights defenders

September 03, 2008

Iran jails four women's rights activists

An Eyewitness from Evin Prison/Mahbubeh Karami
The equality of rights is a necessity for democracy. It is not fair that girls who step into a marriage to share the moments of togetherness become the prisoners of love sellers in disguise of law who disrespect the sacred love that has even been stated in Quran too and ruin thousands of families.

Death by stoning suspended…but still legal!
The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! (SKSW Campaign) welcome the news that the sentence of four Iranians to die by stoning has recently been commuted by the Iranian judiciary. The news was announced by the spokesman of the judiciary, Alireza Jamshidi, who also announced that the sentence of all other cases are also under review.

Amnesty International Appeal

Iran: Further Information on Death Penalty/Fear of Imminent Execution: Soghra Najafpour (f)
- urging the authorities to overturn the death sentence imposed on Soghra Najafpour, should it be upheld on appeal;
- reminding the authorities that Iran is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibit the use of the death penalty against people convicted of crimes committed when they were under 18, and that the execution of Soghra Najafpour would therefore be a violation of international law;

The Minor Execution and Soghra’s File

Nasrin Sotoode, 07-18-2008

The Feminist School: Soghra was only 9 years old when her father, empowered by his special Islamic custody rights (Velayat) sent her to work in a house in Rasht. She had just turned 13 when based on accusation of murdering that family’s son she was sent to prison.

Reporters Without Borders:

Woman journalist held for more than a month without seeing lawyer

Arrest of Zeinab Bayzeydi, Women’s Rights Activist in Mahabad Kurdistan

Amnesty International: Release Hana Abdi and Ronak Safarzadeh immediately and unconditionally
Hana Abdi has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment, to be served in exile in West Azerbaijan province, in the small town of Germi, on the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan, while Ronak Safarzadeh is in custody awaiting a further trial session. Amnesty International believes both women are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association, and that the charges brought against them are politically motivated.

the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:

Report Documents the Persecution of Women’s Rights Activists in Iran
Iranian authorities have systematically thwarted peaceful and legal civil society efforts to advocate for women’s rights in Iran, abusing the legal system and gravely violating internationally protected civil rights in the process.

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders:

Arbitrary arrest of Ms. Khadijeh Moghaddam

Arbitrary detention / Judicial proceedings / Ill-treatments

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of the arbitrary arrest of Ms. Khadijeh Moghaddam, a member of the Mother’s Committee of the One Million Signatures Petition Campaign, which seeks to put pressure on the Iranian legislators in order to withdraw provisions that have adverse effects on women’s human rights.

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran-Austria