NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

Political prisoner Soheila Minaii was transferred to solitary confinement of Kerman Prison on February 22, 2017. She is due to stay in a solitary cell for one week for insulting Khamenei, the mullahs' supreme leader, and other government officials.

Fresh reports indicate that Mehrnaz Haghighi, physician and civil rights activist, was arrested in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Sunday night, February 19, 2017.

A young student from Ahwaz was arrested Friday night, February 22, 2017, by security forces at home. She was transferred to an unknown location.

In the morning of Saturday, February 25, 2017, a number of human rights defenders and families of death-row prisoners gathered outside the parliament in Tehran and demanded that the death sentences be revoked.

Civil rights and women's rights activist Farzaneh Jalali was arrested Thursday, February 23, 2017, in Kermanshah (western Iran).

Teachers who have contracts with the Department of Education in Hamedan (western Iran), held a gathering on February 23, 2017, in front of the Governor's Office to protest the department's failure to pay their salaries for six months. Many of the protesters were women.

Tahereh Riyahi, journalist and social editor of Borna news agency, is in critical physical condition in prison.

Ms. Riyahi is suffering from frequent seizures.

An acid attack took place in a hairdresser in Nahavand, the city's State Security Force Commander reported.

A young woman ended her own life after being sexually assaulted in the detention center of Kermanshah's Intelligence Department.

In its annual 2016-2017 report issued on February 22, 2017, Amnesty International pointed to the rampant violence against women In Iran and wrote, "The authorities renewed their crackdown on women human rights defenders and increasingly any collective initiative relating to feminism and women’s rights to criminal activity…