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Iran: Stoning writer rearrested as Revolutionary Guards block review of her conviction

Iran: Stoning writer rearrested as Revolutionary Guards block review of her convictionAmnesty  - Iranian human rights defender and writer Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, sentenced to six years in prison for writing a story about the cruel practice of stoning, was rearrested on Sunday and the judicial review of her conviction is being illegally blocked, said Amnesty International today.

Iranian Women Arrested for Riding Motorcycle; Video Fuels Backlash

VOA - Iranian police have arrested two women for riding a motorcycle in a western city - an incident that went viral when images appeared online and sparked a social-media backlash against the country's political and religious authorities.


Two Iranian women riding a motorcycle in Dezful.
(source: video posted on Iranian investigative journalist Masih Alinejad's Facebook)

State news agency IRNA said the two women were detained Sunday in Dezful, whose law enforcement chief, Ali Elhami, accused them of committing an "ugly" act that breaks the "religious norms" of the conservative Islamic-led nation.

IRNA quoted Elhami as saying he ordered the women's arrest after online images of the two women riding the motorcycle and being surrounded by male onlookers at a local park prompted complaints about the women's dress, appearance and interaction with the men. The women, who were not identified, were handed over to judicial authorities.

Women in Iran are barred from obtaining licenses to drive motorcycles in public.


Read article published by Iranian daily Shargh:
"Iranian law doesn't ban women from riding motorcycles"

Iranian investigative journalist Masih Alinejad, who hosts VOA Persian's TV program Tablet, shared images of the incident on her Facebook page and her Instagram account./p>

The 34-second video, apparently filmed by a witness with a mobile phone, shows two women riding a motorcycle on a street with a group of male motorcyclists riding behind them, while onlookers yell and whistle. After a few seconds, the video shows the women standing in the midst of a group of male motorcyclists who gesture at them and hold up their phones to take pictures. The women walk away from the men and the video stops.

WWhat happened next is not clear from the posted video.

On Alinejad's Facebook page, some users criticized the male onlookers for shameful and harassing behavior. Others criticized the arrest of the female motorcyclists as part of what they see as Iran's oppression of women.



August 2016

Iran does not ban all women from motorcycle riding. Off-road motorcycle racer Behnaz Shafiei was among a group of women granted official permission to practice on off-road circuits in 2015. In March of that year, Iranian newspaper Jamejam published photos of her practicing. At the time, she also told The Guardian newspaper that she hoped to be allowed to compete in motocross competitions.

VOA's Persian service contributed to this report.

About the author: Michael Lipin covers international news for VOA on the web, radio and TV, specializing in the Middle East and East Asia Pacific.

Hardline Tehran Prosecutor Advocates Harsher Penalty for Mixed-Gender Parties

party-artists-arrestsIranhumanrights.org - Tehran's hardline prosecutor general has announced that people caught at mixed-gender parties, especially celebrity artists and athletes, along with those caught consuming alcohol, or participating in other "indecent" activities should face stiffer penalties.

British woman held in Iran told she can keep two-year-old daughter in prison or lose custody

British woman held in Iran told she can keep two-year-old daughter in prison or lose custodyTelegraph - A British mother being held in an Iranian prison has been told she can either keep her two-year-old daughter with her in jail or give up custody.

Iran: Further Information: Allow jailed mother visits from her daughter: Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe

Iran: Further Information: Allow jailed mother visits from her daughter: Nazanin Zaghari RatcliffeAmnesty - Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials have pressured British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a prisoner of conscience, to choose between moving her two-year-old daughter into prison with her for up to three days a week or sign a document to say that she does not want the "right to be with her young daughter".

Iran: Further information: Anti-death penalty activist violently arrested: Atena Daemi

Image result for amnesty internationalAmnesty - Iranian human rights defender and anti-death penalty campaigner Atena Daemi was violently arrested on 26 November and taken to Evin Prison to begin serving a seven-year prison sentence. She is a prisoner of conscience held for her human rights work.

Expelled Student Activist Reminds Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies

mahdiehgorlorIranhumanrighst.org - A women's rights activist and former student who spent nearly two and a half years in prison for her peaceful activism has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani reminding him that he has still not fulfilled his campaign promise of allowing expelled political students to resume their studies.

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani's cabinet

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani's cabinetAl-monitor - The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women's rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his 2013 presidential campaign, he has yet to fulfill this promise.

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal Arrest

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal ArrestIranhumanrights.org - Atena Daemi Taken to Evin Prison's Women's Ward To Begin Seven-Year Sentence
Human rights activist Atena Daemi, 29, was taken into custody from her home in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on November 26 and transferred to Evin Prison to begin a seven-year prison sentence.

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