Women’s rights in Iran The last days have proven once again that Iranian women have to face incredible injustice in their everyday lives. On February 11th iran-hrm.com reported that female inmates suffered from extremely bad conditions in Yasouj Prison, which is located in the South West of the country. The area has been dealing with pretty harsh weather conditions lately in which authorities seem to try to do everything to terrorize female inmates. There seems to be no proper heating services which forces the women to sleep in the freezing cold. Authorities are also said to have closed down the ward’s kitchen which leaves the quality of the food provided very low. Furthermore, phone lines seem to have been cut so that the inmates cannot get in contact with anybody outside of the prison gates. This is not the first time that the prison has been confronted with allegations about treating the inmates poorly: during the spring and summer the authorities are said to have stopped providing the bathroom with hot water. It seems obvious that basic human rights are not guaranteed in Yasouj Prison.
Three days ago sahba news reported about a perfect example on how arbitrary Iranian authorities act when it comes to imprisonating women. Raheleh Rahemipour, whose political activist brother Hossein Rahemipour came to questionable fame when he was executed in 1984, seems to have been sentenced to two years of prison. According to sahba news the Tehran Revolutionary Court found her guilty after she investigated the disappearance of her infant niece. The little girl vanished in Evin Prison in the 1980s and until this very day authorities have failed to explain her disappearance. The court system seems to have muzzled Raheleh Rahemipour now.
Furthermore, the arrest of eight women after attending a football match made headlines. In the following of the Islamic revolution in 1979 mixed crowds in stadiums were deemed un-Islamic and have been prohibited since then. When the eight women disobeyed this rule of gender segregation they were immediately arrested. All in all, it is safe to say that women’s rights remain an ongoing everyday battle in Iranian society.