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Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 18:51:12 -0500
Subject: Re: Urgent Action Alert--Iran


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>> forwarded by Lizzy - another outbreak in the war against women worldwide!
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>> >From: Lea Browning <lbrowning-AT-igc.apc.org>
>> >Subject: Urgent Action Alert--Iran
>> >
>> >The Sisterhood is Global Institute sends the following Urgent
>> >Action Alert re women's human rights activists who have been
>> >threatened in Iran.
>> >        Lea Browning
>> >
>> >---------------------------------------------------------------
>> >U   R   G   E   N   T     A   C   T   I   O   N       A   L   E   R   T
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>> >IRAN'S WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS THREATENED
>> >                                May 28, 1998
>> >
>> >
>> >On April 24, 1998 the Sisterhood Is Global Institute issued an alert about
>> >the bills introduced in the Majlis, the Parliament of the Islamic Republic
>> >of Iran, to segregate hospital care, to forbid using pictures of women on
>> >the front pages of Iranian publications and, more importantly, to curtail
>> >discussions of women's rights outside the shari`a.  We have now
received new
>> >disturbing information about statements made by certain members of the
>> >Islamic Assembly that further jeopardize the security of women working for
>> >the promotion of human rights in Iran.
>> >
>> >Recently, the Majlis made public a statement by Representative Ms. Marzieh
>> >Wahid Dastjerdi in defense of a proposal that makes any criticism of laws
>> >that discriminate against women's human rights illegal.  In her speech,
Ms.
>> >Dastjerdi used excerpts from well-known articles by Mehrangiz Kar and
Shirin
>> >Ebadi, two prominent women lawyers working for women's rights in Iran.
>> >After reading from the articles on the floor of the Assembly, Ms.
Dastjerdi
>> >said, "If you [members of the Majlis] do not pass this bill, we will take
>> >care of them [women activists] ourselves."  Given the present charged
>> >political atmosphere in Iran, such a statement transgresses the limits of
>> >parliamentary debate and may be construed as a direct provocation of the
>> >extremists and religious zealots to act against the two lawyers.  It is
>> >unfortunate that such an obviously inflammatory statement was allowed
to be
>> >made in the Assembly; it is unconscionable that it was made public by the
>> >leadership of the Assembly.
>> >
>> >Action Requested:
>> >
>> >Please write to the Iranian authorities expressing your support for Ms.
Kar
>> >and Ms. Ebadi.  Ask them to condemn threats against women's human rights
>> >activists and urge them to rescind these laws which will reinforce gender
>> >apartheid in Iran.
>> >
>> >Addresses:
>> >
>> >Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, President
>> >Office of the President, Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection,
Tehran,
>> >The Islamic Republic of Iran
>> >Fax:  98-21-674-790
>> >
>> >Hojjatoleslam Ali Akbar Nateqe-Nouri, President, Islamic Consultative
Assembly
>> >Imam Khomeini Avenue, Tehran, The Islamic Republic of Iran
>> >Fax:  98-21-204-0541
>> >
>> >H.E. Mehdi Faridzadeh, Ambassador, Iranian Mission to the United Nations
>> >622 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, USA
>> >Tel:  212-687-2020
>> >Fax:  212-867-7086
>> >
>> >__________________________
>> >Sisterhood Is Global Institute
>> >4343 Montgomery Avenue
>> >Suite 201
>> >Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
>> >Tel: 301-657-4355
>> >Fax: 301-657-4381
>> >mailto:sigi-AT-igc.apc.org
>> >http://www.sigi.org/
>> >
>>
>> Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
>> International Secretariat
>> 1, rue de Varembe
>> C.P. 28
>> 1211 Geneva 20
>> Tel: +41 22 733 61 75
>> Fax: +41 22 740 10 63
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