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MEFD is an international initiative which aims to promote human rights and development in the Middle East.

 
 

The Hague, 25 November 2020, by Arghawan Farsi – Within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) addresses in this policy brief the plight of women in Iran who continue to be subjected to deep-rooted gender discrimination and gender-based violence by Iran’s state institutions.

The brief raises awareness on how the state institutions’ refusal to criminalise gender-based violence facilitates so-called “honour” killings of young girls who are brutally murdered by members of their own family. (more…)

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London, 15 May 2019, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) held an event in the House of Commons today regarding the persecution of Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities. The event was chaired by Jim Shannon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion or Belief. (more…)

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London, 9 March 2019, MEFD – Middle East Forum for Development (MEFD) is appalled by news that prominent arbitrarily detained Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, faces up to 34 years in prison and 148 lashes following two grossly unfair trials that transpired against her as a result of her peaceful human rights activities. (more…)

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London, MEFD – At a time when major protests rage in scores of cities in Iran against dire economic conditions, the government’s foreign military interventions and repressive policies at home, and the Islamic Republic’s persistent engagement in planning and executing acts of terrorism in EU member states, it is extremely regrettable to witness Nathalie Tocci, Special Adviser to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, conducting an interview with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard affiliated Tasnim news agency, in which she effectively propagates and justifies the positions of the Iranian regime. (more…)

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