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Iran Morality Police Tell Women to Wear Islamic Veil in Christian Church

heatst - Members of Iran's morality police are pressuring women into wearing the veil inside Christian places of worship.

Iran Bans Teen Chess Siblings Over Head Scarf, Match Against Israeli

RFL/RE - Iranian chess officials have barred two teen siblings from domestic chess tournaments and the national team for crossing some of the religious establishment's so-called red lines at an international chess event.



Borna (L) and Dorsa Derakhshani

The Iranian National Chess Team dismissed 18-year-old Dorsa Derakhshani for appearing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2017, which ran from January 23 to February 2, without the Islamic head scarf that became compulsory in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Her 15-year-old brother, Borna Derakhshani, was banned for playing against an Israeli opponent at the same event.

Iran does not recognize the state of Israel and forbids Iranian athletes from competing against Israeli athletes at international sports events. Iranians in the past have cited injury or illness to avoid facing Israeli rivals.

Last year an Iranian refused to compete against an Israeli at a chess tournament in Switzerland in order to reject the existence of "the Zionist state" and to express support for the "oppressed people of Palestine," the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported.

The measures against the Derakhshanis were announced by the head of the Iranian Chess Federation, Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, on February 19.


graphic by Assad Bina Khahi

"As a first step, these two will be denied entry to all tournaments taking place in Iran, and, in the name of Iran, they will no longer be allowed the opportunity to be present on the national team," Pahlevanzadeh told the semiofficial Fars news agency.

Pahlevanzadeh said the pair had attended the Gibraltar event independently rather than representing Iran. "Anyone can participate in it," he said.

He suggested that the teens had hurt Iranian national interests.

"Unfortunately, what shouldn't have happened has happened. Our national interests have priority over everything," Pahlevanzadeh said. He added that there would be no "leniency" for those who trample on Iran's "ideals and principles."

"We're considering measures that will prevent similar incidents from taking place in future tournaments," he told Fars.

Borna Derakhshani reportedly lives in Iran. His sister studies in Spain.

The two have not reacted publicly to the ban.

Iran enforces a dress code that requires women to cover their hair with the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, through regular crackdowns. Female officials, athletes, and other national representatives are required to respect the hijab guideline while traveling abroad, too.

Last year Minoo Khaleghi, who was elected to the Iranian parliament, was barred from taking her legislative seat after reports that photos emerged on social media showing her without a head scarf during a trip to Europe and China.

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Iranian Police Shut Down 800 Stores Selling 'Inappropriate' Clothing

Image result for iran dress policeRFL/RE - Iranian media reported that police have shut down more than 800 clothing stores across the country for selling "unconventional and inappropriate" attire -- believed to mean Western-style outfits and women's clothing that doesn't meet strict Islamic requirements.

Men in Iran Are Wearing Hijabs in Solidarity With Women

TIME - In Iran, women are required by law to completely cover their hair in public. This is enforced by "morality police," who fine or jail women who go without a hijab or whose head coverings are deemed inadequate. Women have been protesting the law by posting photos of themselves out in public without a veil on social media. And now, men are openly joining the protest in solidarity with the women in their lives.

Iran’s Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

women-dress-codeIranhumanrights.org - Iran's anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new "threat:" women wearing clothes with large English words on them.

Iran’s Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

women-dress-codeIranhumanrights.org - Iran's anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new "threat:" women wearing clothes with large English words on them.

Iranian women dressing Western are 'causing rivers to run dry' - senior cleric

© Morteza NikoubazlRT.com - Iran's senior cleric criticized what he perceived as women's overly liberal choices of clothing "as if they were in Europe," and accused the trend of being behind one of Iran's rivers drying up.

Iranian women cut off their hair and dress as men to avoid morality police

iranwomen.jpgThe Independent - 'It is a serious cultural war between two lifestyles. For women, their hair is their identity and making it short to just avoid the morality police is really heartbreaking, but in a way, it is brave.'

Iranian women cut off their hair and dress as men to avoid morality police

iranwomen.jpgThe Independent - 'It is a serious cultural war between two lifestyles. For women, their hair is their identity and making it short to just avoid the morality police is really heartbreaking, but in a way, it is brave.'

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