RFL/RE - A conservative Iranian cleric has sharply criticized enforcement of the obligation for women to wear the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, since the 1979 revolution and the creation of Iran's Islamic republic.
Roozonline - With seven months since Iranian media first reported a series of acid throwing incidents in Isfahan, a senior police official announced that the cases were still in the investigation phase. General Mohammad-Reza Moghimi, the head of the country's police force said that he was personally working on the case and was "hopeful" about finding the prime suspect.
Iranhumanrights.org - A young civil activist who has been held at Evin Prison since October 2014 has been sentenced to seven years in prison at her interrogator's urging, a source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, for her Facebook postings and her participation in peaceful gatherings.
Al-monitor -When the Zanan-e Emrooz magazine started publishing again in June 2014, after eight years of suspension, women's rights activists in Iran felt a spark of hope that there would be further opportunities to demand women's rights.
PayvandNews- There was only one female spectator in Azadi Stadium for the 80th match-up between Iran's two most popular soccer teams, Persepolis and Esteghlal, and she was a documentary filmmaker attending the game in connection with her work.
Iranhumanrights.org - 250 Activists and Journalists Sign Statement Calling for Her ReleaseIranian Judiciary authorities have advised the family of detained human rights activist Narges Mohammadi that her May 5, 2015 arrest and transfer to Evin Prison was in fact enforcement of her six-year prison sentence dating back from a 2011 judicial case, which she had been unable to serve as a result of illness, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Radiozamaneh - A group of women's rights activists marked the first anniversary of the My Stealthy Freedom campaign by praising the "bold women" who have challenged compulsory hijab.
Iranhumanrights - The prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh spoke out strongly against the recent approval of the Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, a Parliamentary bill which calls on Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress) on all Iranian women, in a recent interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Roozonline - During a speech to police commander on April 25 President Hassan Rouhani stressed that the "duty of the police was not to enforce Islam but to implement the law." This brought forth a quick response from some clerics in the city of Ghom and also some hardline members of the Principlist group that are critical of the Rouhani's administration and policies. The clerics said his words were a "green light to immoral individuals who were tainted with moral corruption."
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