Human rights groups protest at U.N.

Human rights groups protest at U.N.

Rally and Side Event to Demand Strong and Immediate UN Action Against Iran, March 3rd

On Thursday, March 3rd, 2011, at 13:00, a rally will be held at Isaiah’s wall during the UN-CSW meeting. Speakers at this rally will be:

· Shabnam Assadollahi, producer and host of Hamseda Persian Radio

· Reza Kahlil, Former Iranian Revolutionary Guard member and author of a Time to Betray

· Renee Redman, Executive Director, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

· Hon. David Kilgour, co-chair of the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran

· Mehrtash Rastegar, an Iranian blogger, International Law expert

· Fakhteh Zamani, the founder and President of the Association for Defense of Azerbaijani Prisoners in Iran

Before the rally, from 10:00-11:30 at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th street and 1st Avenue), 2nd floor, New York, a side event will take place with the same speakers on Securing Gender Equality: Iran and the CSW.

While protestors are beaten and shot at in Iran, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is scheduled to convene its fifty-fifth session in New York from February 22 – March 4, 2011. Iran is to hold a seat on the CSW.

The current Iranian regime is an extreme abuser of women’s rights. Iranian authorities have increased patrols in Tehran, arresting women wearing clothes the regime considers improper. Iran’s interior minister has promised a “chastity plan” to promote the regime’s definition of proper covering for women “from kindergarten to families.” Each day, more and more women are becoming victims of stoning after being accused of violating Shari’a law. Some are publicly hanged.

The Iranian Constitution includes discriminatory provisions which dictate that the husband has the right to control his wife’s freedom of movement and behavior and empowers the husband to forbid his wife from accepting a job.

Iran 2011: All Rights Reserved?, a coalition of 11 human rights and dissidents groups, will convene for a side event and a rally in front of the UN building demanding stronger and immediate UN action condemning Iran’s human rights record.

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