The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a call on international human rights and women's rights organizations, women's rights activists, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, and on the UN Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary Arrests, to undertake urgent and effective measures to free Ms. Shahnaz Akmali, mother of a young man killed by security forces in the 2009 uprising.
Statements: Women in Iran
Iranian women's struggle to eliminate violence against women is intertwined with the struggle for regime change in Iran
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran salutes the freedom-loving women who have defied the state-sponsored violence against women and carry on with their struggle for regime change in Iran. The Women's Committee also commemorates those women who gave their lives in this confrontation with utmost courage.
The mullahs' anti-human regime, on the eve of new academic year, has resorted to new repressive and misogynistic measures in universities and educational centers in fear of student protests. The suppressive plan, called "chastity and the veil," reflects the fact that women's oppression is still among the chief policies of the regime. The plan was instructed by the Rouhani government to universities.
Ali Khamenei, the mullahs' supreme leader, issued a ridiculous fatwa banning women's bicycling in public and in front of strangers. He said: "Riding bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women's chastity, and it must be abandoned." (The state-run media, September 10, 2016)
Hossein Sajedi-Nia, Commander of the State Security Forces, announced that "more than 4,400 clothes shops were shut down" just last year "for offering indecent apparel violating public morality."
Speaking at a meeting on "virtue and the veil", he acknowledged the failure of the regime's suppressive measures against Iranian women, adding that "the current status of the hijab and virtue does not conform to an Islamic society. The monitoring of women's veiling over the past 15 years indicates that the situation has gradually worsened."
The misogynic Iranian regime issued a directive prohibiting all correspondence between female prisoners in Evin Prison and their families. The women’s ward holds only female political prisoners.
Female political prisoners in Evin face all sorts of restrictions, including shortage of space and beds, poor quality of food, lack of heating and cooling, and lack of cultural nourishment. The regime ramps up pressures on them, especially the mothers, by imposing all sorts of restrictions on them during family visits and by depriving them of phone calls with their relatives outside prison.