Iran arrests women's rights campaigner:
01-Feb-2009 (4 comments)

Iran has arrested a women's rights activist involved in an award-winning campaign that seeks changes to laws deemed unfair to women, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Security officials arrested Nafiseh Azad on Saturday in the Darakeh mountains north of Tehran while she was collecting signatures for the campaign's petition, the Sarmayeh newspaper said.

It identified Azad as an activist involved with the "One Million Signatures" campaign, a grassroot initiative launched two years ago calling for equal rights for women in marriage, divorce and inheritance among other things.

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Thank you for posting this

by Ali Najafi (not verified) on

I was saddened to hear of another arrest of a women's rights leaders. For those of us outside of Iran, we marvel and are inspired by the heroism taking place by individuals that challenge the corruption in Iran and march forwards, against so much opposition, to proclaim the equality of women and men.

I can only imagine how harshly human rights activists, like Nafiseh Azad, are being treated both inside the physical prisons, as well as the prison of Iran. I will pray that their spirits remain strong during the horrific trials that are being placed on them by the Iranian clergy and government machine.

Darius Kadivar

Thank You Azadeh Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

Its heartwarming to see people like you and others particularly women respond positively to this call. I have the feeling to be preaching to a Wall most of the time. TAH KEY ?

Your Constructive and Humane attitude is an encouragement that small drops can turn to Oceans.

Our Countrywomen and Countrymen inside Iran need our support. It is the least we can do but at least WE CAN ! They Alas DON'T HAVE THAT LUXURY OF A CHOICE !


I Hope the Pheonix of Iran will Rise from its Ashes. IT IS HIGH TIME TO MOBILIZE MORE THAN EVER !

I Will repeat  it As Long as I can with all my energy even at the sake of being accused of being a Propagandist ! :






Azadeh Azad

Shame, indeed!

by Azadeh Azad on

Dear Darius, 

Although I disagree with your bringing up the Palestinian issue every time you speak of women's movement or students' movement or the violations of human rights in Iran, I totally agree with you that the One Million Signatures Campaign in Iran could and should be the point of unity for the Iranian Diaspora across the globe. The reason why we don't have enough engaement in this vital movement by the Diaspora or the readers of this website is that half of them are men who don't really give a damn about women's rights and the other half are busy defending "their men" whenever Iranian men are being criticised! It is indeed a shame! We need a change in attitude NOW!


Darius Kadivar

Shame !

by Darius Kadivar on

And What Is the Iranian Diaspora Waiting to put their differences away and seek UNITY to help our compatriots back home instead of being so active on the Palestinian cause ? Which One of the TWO is OUR STRUGGLE ? We Can't have Both Ends !