Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a highly respected university professor at Concordia University, Montreal has been arrested and detained in Iran's notorious Evin prison on Monday 6, June 2016. She is an anthropologist who conducts ethnographic research across the Middle East, as well on Muslims living in the West.
Last week’s decision by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to charge British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with plotting to overthrow the regime when she had been told she was about to be released seems particularly cruel and arbitrary. It is also an alarming development for another woman of dual nationality currently held incommunicado in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
Le Dr Homa Hoodfar, professeure dûment respectée de l’Université Concordia, à Montréal, a été arrêtée et détenue à la fameuse prison Evin, le lundi 6 juin 2016. C’est une anthropologue qui mène des recherches ethnographiques au Moyen-Orient, aussi bien qu’auprès des musulmans vivant en Occident. Sa recherche est connue pour être équilibrée et plusieurs de ses études mettent l’accent sur les opportunités et le statut élevé offerts aux femmes dans de nombreux pays musulmans, y compris en Iran.
Political motivations are taking precedence over the law when it comes to activists such as Bahareh Hedayat, who is being kept in prison despite the completion of her sentence, legal expert Mohammad Oliaei-Fard told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
The sentencing of Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani to more than 12 years in prison – far in excess of the statutory maximum punishment for the charges she faced – is a terrible injustice, and a violation her rights to free expression and association, Amnesty International said.
Following the announcement that the ban against women in stadiums would stay in tact, two Friday imams have called for Iranians to pursue “religious and revolutionary values” in their daily lives.
“The idea of letting women to go to sport stadiums to watch matches has many immoral and negative social consequences,” said Hassan Mosleh during his sermon in Borazjan, Bushehr province, on Friday, 17 April.
TEHRAN — In a major shift, Iran announced Saturday that women would be allowed to attend big sporting events, reversing a rule that had barred them from entering stadiums to watch matches attended by men.