Public Rights of Iranian Women are More Violated: Secretary General
Azerbaijan, Baku, 7 March /corr. Trend D.Khatinoglu / Human rights advocates of Iran state that the number of woman rights violations has increased in Iran. "Public rights of women in Iran have been limited further," the Secretary General of Press Association of Iran, Badrassadat Mofidy, reported to Trend .
The woman human rights advocates say that the cases of violating social rights of the women have increased in the recent year. In 2008 on International Woman Day (8 March), 33 woman human rights advocates were arrested.
On 7 March, the Iranian journalist Mofidy reported to Trend by telephone from Tehran that despite that according to the official statistics half of the journalists in Iran are women, but, they are not allowed to write about woman rights. "In the recent years, several publications, especially 'Woman' magazine- which was published for a period of 16 years, were closed by the power. Beginning from the presidential term of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, obstacles are presented to the freedom of speech, and the publications protecting woman rights are closed due to various reasons," Mofidy said.
Another Iranian human rights advocate Zahra Erfani said to Trend on 7 March that irrespective of the punishments with regards to the woman human rights advocates in Iran, they still continue with their activities. "The Iranian Government roughly violates most ordinary rights of women," the representative of Progressive Woman Organization, Erfani, said by telephone from Switzerland. In order to protect the rights of Iranian women, conferences 'Freedom movement of women in Iran' and 'Individual and public freedom of women' will take place in Brussels on 7 March, she said, adding, on 8 March demonstrations will be held in front of Iran's Embassy in Belgium and representation of the European Union in Brussels.
Woman organizations 'Campaign of one million signatures' and other organizations have been functioning in Iran since 2005. Since last year, many human rights advocates and activists have been arrested. Especially the activist of 'Campaign of one million signatures' Delaram Ali was sentenced to two years in prison and 10 lashing blows, Nushin Khorasani and Parvin Ardalan - three years in prison, Gilva Javahiri, Maryam Huseynhag and other activists were released after giving a security amount of $110,000. The key demand of woman human rights advocates in Iran is to achieve equal rights with the men, ensure individual and public freedoms of the women. Although the human rights advocates are accused of breaking national security, the activities have not stopped, but further strengthened.