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Iran’s Basij promised to butcher me for fighting compulsory hijab

Masih Alinejad – Wahington Post Masih Alinejad is a journalist and the founder of My Stealthy Freedom, a campaign to oppose laws requiring head scarves in Iran.  She is the author of an upcoming memoir “The Wind in My Hair.” About two weeks ago, I received a gruesome death threat …

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Anti-hijab protester jailed for a year in Iran

An Iranian woman who was badly injured after being pushed off a box in Tehran as she was waving her hijab during a protest has been jailed for a year. Maryam Shariatmadari, 32, was demonstrating against laws which force women to wear a veil in the Islamic republic when a …

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Why Iranian women are taking off their veils

POLICE in Tehran arrested 29 women in February for protesting against a law that makes the wearing of hijab compulsory. The arrests came as women across Iran have been posting pictures of themselves bare-headed and waving their veils aloft on sticks. Police said that the campaign had been instigated from …

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Why Iranian women are protesting now against the hijab

Ava Homa – Al Arabiya Some 30 women have been detained in Iran for protesting compulsory hijab by holding a headscarf aloft a stick. The chief prosecutor, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, who reported the arrests on Friday to state-run media called the movement a “childish” one, incited and funded in foreign …

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Sweden’s ‘feminist’ government criticized for wearing headscarves in Iran

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven led a Swedish delegation to Iran. Lofven was received warmly by the Islamic Republic’s political elite — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted positively about his meeting with Lofven, adding that Sweden had a “good reputation” in his country — and the two countries agreed upon a number …

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Female chess players forced to wear hijab as governing body awards world championship to Iran

The world’s top female chess players have reacted with horror after being told they must compete at next year’s world championship wearing a hijab. Within hours of Iran being revealed as its host country, the prestigious event was plunged into crisis as it emerged players taking part face arrest if they …

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Conservative Cleric Calls Iran’s Veiling Policy Wrong-Headed

A conservative Iranian cleric has sharply criticized enforcement of the obligation for women to wear the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, since the 1979 revolution and the creation of Iran’s Islamic republic. For more than three decades, Iranian clerics and officials –mostly men — have praised the purported benefits of …

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