Iranian Women Activists jailed


Urgent human rights alert from the Women’s Learning Partnership:

“Thirty-four of our colleagues and partners in the Iranian women’s movement were arrested on Sunday, March 4 outside of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. They were staging a peaceful protest against the increasing government pressure on civil society activists and, in particular, the trial of five women activists charged with “endangering national security, agitating against the government, and taking part in illegal gatherings” because they had organized a peaceful protest for women’s rights on June 12, 2006. Four of them who were present at the trial were arrested with the demonstrators as they were leaving the court.

There are varying reports of police violence at the protest. One woman said that the police tried to intimidate the activists, using obscene words and insulting gestures. The thirty-four women leaders were detained in Eshratabad Prison for ten hours before being transferred to Section 209 of Evin Prison. Eight of the youngest detainees were released without charges on March 6. The detention occurred just ahead of the planned gathering in front of the Parliament on March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day.

In August 2006, Iranian women’s rights activists launched the “One Million Signatures” campaign to demand an end to discriminatory laws against women. Please support the campaign by going to our website here.

To express your solidarity with the activists and to demand the immediate release of the detainees, please write to:

Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Shoahada Street
Qom, Iran
Email: and
Salutation: Your Excellency

Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Salutation: Your Excellency

More on this from the BBC, Latest Iran News, and Global Voices


  1. Galloise Blonde wrote:

    All the women have been released in time for Nowrooz (ie: today! Nowrooz Pirooz!). It’s Ok to celebrate the New Year it seems but IWD is a different matter…

  2. sonia wrote:

    That’s great they’ve been released..!

  3. Muhamad wrote:

    It’s hard to keep up with all the activism. I’m glad they’ve been released.

    Here’s to a future Iran free from all the kaminehs.

  4. yusuf wrote:

    whats a kamineh

  5. Thara wrote:

    Given that Sonia and her pal Faisal Ghazi (’Sid’) have been spraying various internet forums eg. Serious Golmal and Pickled Politics with Anti Sylheti Bengali ‘expert’ commentary these past months, I think Sonia’s support for female self-empowerment is hypocritical. Deal with the darkness within your own heart first sweetie.

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