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Country of the Last Prophet Is No Place For Choice on Hijab

hijabRoozonline - A statement signed by 195 Majlis representatives calls on Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani to follow the issue of slackening of the hijab in Iran more seriously. The statement calls for “efforts to change the lifestyle of Iranian people regarding modesty and hijab” and calls this a central element in the battle against “cultural invasion against the Islamic regime.” The petition also warns of “irreparable” consequences caused due to inattention to this issue. Rooz Online talked with one MP who has signed the statement, Seyed Nasser Mousavi Larigani who called the hijab situation in the country “disgraceful”  adding that giving people the right to wear what they wish is “meaningless” and that everyone has to observe the Islamic hijab.  He even called on other Muslim countries such as Turkey and Malaysia to make the hijab compulsory.

Kurdish woman losing sight in Iranian prison: Zeynab Jalalian

zeynab-jalalianAmnesty International - Zeynab Jalalian, a member of Iranian’s Kurdish minority, currently serving a life sentence in Kermanshah Prison, western Iran, is at risk of losing her eyesight and she is in urgent need of medical care.

Iran MPs demand stronger veil enforcement

hijab3AFP - Two thirds of Iran's MPs have written to the president urging him to take measures to ensure women correctly observe Islamic dress, denouncing Western cultural influence against the veil.

Iranian officials muzzle journalist’s family

saba-azarpeikRadio Zamaneh - Iranian authorities have forbidden the family of jailed journalist Saba Azarpeyk from talking to the media.

Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Begins 5-Year Sentence on Baseless Charges

mahnaz-mohammadi2The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - On June 7, 2014, Iranian documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi began serving her five-year prison sentence on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the state.”

Iran urged to release imprisoned journalist Saba Azarpeik

saba-azarpeikThe Guardian - A group of Iranian journalists has called for the release of Azarpeik who is being kept incommunicado after being detained

Women’s rights activist, filmmaker summoned to Evin

mahnaz-mohamadiRadio Zamaneh - Evin Prison has summoned Mahnaz Mohammadi, the Iranian filmmaker and women’s rights activist, to serve out her five-year prison sentence.

Fate of Tehran journalist unknown after arrest

saba-azarpeikRadio Zamaneh - The situation of detained journalist Saba Azarpeyk remains unclear five days after her arrest in Tehran.

Government acts on complaints from laid-off pregnant workers

women at work1Radio Zamaneh - President Rohani’s deputy for women’s affairs says each week they are handling 20 complaints from women who have been laid off following pregnancy.

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