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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, 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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atena-daemiLondon, MEFD – According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), 29-year-old Iranian civil rights activist Atena Daemi was violently arrested on the morning of 26 November at her father’s residence by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and subjected to threats. Ms Daemi was subsequently transferred by the IRGC to Evin prison in order to serve a 7 year prison sentence. (more…)

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Narges Mohammadi1London, MEFD – Narges Mohammadi, an already-imprisoned renowned human rights activist and vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran, has been sentenced to serve ten years of a sixteen-year prison sentence following a new trial which was chaired by notorious Judge Abolghasem Salavati, head of the 15th division of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court. (more…)

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