Anger and Fear Grow about Fate of Detained Protesters in Iran

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by Sussan Tahmasebi According to reports by the Committee on the Rights of the Detained, a 22 year old held in the quarantine ward of Evin prison in Tehran died in detention. The committee, set up by human rights activists… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Unlikely Supporters

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by Sussan Tahmasebi According to the polls, incumbent Hassan Rouhani is the frontrunner in Iran’s upcoming presidential elections, which will be held on May 19. However observers acknowledge that the win is still not guaranteed and that Rouhani faces a tough… Continue Reading  

Women and the Iranian Elections

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by Sussan Tahmasebi A group of women’s rights activists issued a statement on May 6 outlining their demands for the next president of Iran. The statement, which calls for improved economic opportunities for women, reform of discriminatory laws, access to… Continue Reading  

To Veil or Not to Veil—That is a Complex Question

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by Sussan Tahmasebi Over the last two years, countless trade and diplomatic delegations have traveled to Iran to kick off economic cooperation in diverse sectors from the auto industry and the gas and oil sector to agriculture. In fact, Iran… Continue Reading  

Women in Iran’s Parliament: Opportunities and Challenges

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by Sussan Tahmasebi Iran’s tenth parliament will begin its term in June boasting many firsts, including the highest number of female parliamentarians. In Iran’s first round of parliamentary elections, 14 female MPs were elected, and, according to the results of… Continue Reading