Saturday, April 23, 2016

Iran: Suppression of women, Rouhani no different from than other mullahs

Suppression of women is further institutionalized in Iran with each passing day
A human rights activist and member of the Iranian resistance has condemned   Hassan Rouhani for 7,000 new morality police to patrol the streets ’suppressing women’.
Farideh Karimi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI), said  Rouhani had the power to halt the measures, which have so far carried reports from Tehran of armed police stopping girls as young as 12 for failing to veil ’correctly’, despite the president claiming the government could not interfere.
Karimi said: 'Suppression of women is further institutionalised in Iran with each passing day. The regime’s suppressive institutions are ever more blatantly cracking down on women. This has been a tenet of the mullahs’ regime from its outset.
'The addition of 7,000 forces dedicated to the suppression of women and further gender discrimination speaks well of the reality that Hassan Rouhani is no different from the other mullahs and the hopes for an improvement of women’s rights in Iran which some had advocated at the start of Rouhani’s tenure as President are a mirage.'

'According to the regime’s laws, Rouhani has the authority to halt the new suppressive measures against women,' Karimi added. 'By refusing to do so, he is in practice endorsing them.'
As soon as the crackdown came into effect on 18 April, several posts were shared on social media of women being stopped in their cars – reportedly for playing music too loud or mal-veiling – while one 15-year-old released a harrowing account of being threatened with jail for wearing makeup.

Source: IBTimes UK, 22 April 2016

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