AI NEWS: IRAN MUST END PERSECUTION OF WOMEN REPORT SAYS


 

image  Iran should end its persecution of women rights campaigners, said Amnesty International today, as the human rights organisation published a new report showing that the targeting of women’s rights campaigners is rife in Iran.

Since a women-led ‘Campaign for Equality’ was launched in the country in August 2006, says Amnesty International, women’s rights activists have suffered an ‘acute’ backlash from the Iranian authorities involving harassment, intimidation and imprisonment.

The ‘Campaign for Equality’ is attempting to gather one million signatures for a petition calling for an end to discrimination against Iran’s 35 million women and girls. As Amnesty International’s report shows, dozens of women have been arrested in connection with the equality campaign, including signature-collectors.

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