Iranian Feminist Activist Sentenced to Lashes, Prison
An Iranian women's rights activist was sentenced on Monday to 10 lashes and nearly three years in prison for her participation in a 2006 protest at Tehran Square. Delaram Ali, 24, along with nearly 70 others, was detained for several days after being arrested for protesting Iran�s discriminatory laws against women. Among other demands, the women called for divorce reform, equal inheritance laws, and the equal treatment of women�s testimonies in the eyes of the court in Iran.
According to Ali�s lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, she was charged with �participation in an illegal gathering,� �propaganda against the system,� and �disturbing the public order,� according to Agence France Presse. Sotoudeh said that Ali was her fourth client to be convicted by the Islamic state for participating in last year�s protest, according to Kerala Next. funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs
�The [Iranian] women�s movement is expanding and it worries the government,� said Sotoudeh, according to Reuters. �Delaram Ali�s sentence is too heavy...a [lashing] sentence for social and women�s rights activists is against international law,� she said, according to AFP. Sotoudeh told Reuters that the sentence would be appealed, and that Ali has been released on $21,000 bail.
Media Resources: Reuters 7/4/07; Agence France Presse 7/4/07; Kerala Next 7/4/07