12/11/2007: The lawyer of Delaram Ali, a women’s rights defender arrested at a peaceful demonstration last year, says Iran’s judiciary has temporarily suspended her sentence.The activist, 24-year-old Delaram Ali, was among dozens of people arrested in June 2006 for protesting in Tehran against articles in Iranian law seen as discriminatory against women. Ali was initially sentenced to more than two years imprisonment plus 10 lashes. Her lawyer, Nasrin Sotoodeh, told Radio Farda the suspension was temporary while the judiciary decided whether to review the case. “Implementing of the sentence, both prison verdict and lashes, has been suspended for now,” Sotoodeh said. “We hope that in the next two weeks during which the implementation has been postponed, there will be a reconsideration and she will be found not guilty.”
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In my mailbox as of an hour and a half ago:
Dear friends, human rights defenders and colleagues–
Delaram Ali [photo above], Iranian women’s right defender has been sentenced to 2 years and six months in prison and 10 lashing. This is one of the most outrageous acts of violating the basic human rights of Iranian women. Delaram, will be lashed because she participated in a peaceful protest on June 12th 2006 in support of the campaign of One Million signature to change the discriminatory family laws in . She is sentenced to lashing because she objects to polygamy and demands the equal child custody rights for mothers and fathers, because she demands equal rights in divorce for women and because she demands that Iranian women be treated as an equal member of the society.
Iranian women more than ever are relying on the global women’s movement to support their cause for democracy and human rights. The women’s movement inis the backbone of democracy movement in . This is the movement that currently paying a high price for the crackdown of civil society by and will be paying even a higher price in the case of a military attack against . Democracy can not been achieved without gender justice and peace.
The photo below, Elahe says, which I included in my blog post of June 15, shows Delaram being beaten in the protest for which she is now going to be lashed and imprisoned:
In the demonstration depicted above last June, Delaram was dragged across the ground by police and suffered a broken arm. The demonstration was entirely peaceful.
The Iranian women’s movement is seeking:
• Abolition of polygamy
• The right of divorce by women
• Joint custody of children for mothers and fathers
• Equal rights in family law
• Increasing the minimum legal age for girls to 18 (currently it is 15)
• Equal rights for women as witnesses in courts of law.
I have blogged about the Iranian women’s movement here, here, here, here, here, and here. Go here, to the One Million Signature Campaign to learn how to give your support. These women are asking for, need, and deserve all the support we can give them.
I will post updates as I receive them.