March 6, 2007


Iranian Women's Rights Activists Arrested Before International Women's Day
A group of Iranian feminist activists were arrested on Sunday outside a court in Tehran where they were peacefully protesting the detainment of four other activists. Thirty-three protestors were arrested after gathering outside the court to show their solidarity with the four women who were facing trial for their activities protesting Iran's laws that discriminate against women.

According to Huliq.com, an independent, online news source, some observers believe that Sunday's arrests were intended to intimidate any other activists who may have been planning activities around International Women's Day on March 8.

Amnesty International has demanded that Iran immediately release the women. "Rather than arresting peaceful demonstrators, the Iranian authorities should be taking seriously women’s demands for equality before the law and addressing discrimination against women wherever it exists in the Iranian legal systems," said Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General.

Media Resources: Amnesty International 3/6/07, BBC News 3/6/07, Feminist Daily News Wire 3/2/07, Washington Post 3/7/06

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