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Conservative Cleric Calls Iran's Veiling Policy Wrong-Headed

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.

The Case of Acid Throwings in Isfahan Remains on the Chief’s Desk

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.

Young Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Facebook Postings and Peaceful Protest

Atena DaemiIranhumanrights.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.

Iran women's magazine forced to close

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.

One female allowed into stadium to watch Iranian soccer favourites

women-supportsPayvandNews- 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.

Husband of Jailed Activist Narges Mohammadi Asks Rouhani’s Minister to Review Her Case

150506191728_narges_mohamadi_gohar_eshghi_640x360_null_nocreditIranhumanrights.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.

Women’s rights activists celebrate year of Stealthy Freedom

zan-HejabRadiozamaneh - 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.

Prominent Lawyer Says “Plan to Promote Virtue” Endangers Citizens and State

1420541035Iranhumanrights - 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.

Ghom Clerics Criticize President Rouhani:Comments Are Interpreted to be ‘Green Light’ for Amorality

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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