A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Iran suspends sentence of women's rights activist

[JURIST] Iran temporarily suspended the sentence of women's rights activist Delaram Ali [advocacy profile; personal blog] Monday for two weeks while officials decide whether to review her case. Despite leniency pleas from seven leading human rights organizations [joint press release], Ali was set to begin a sentence [JURIST report] of 34 months in prison and 10 lashes Saturday. Ali was sentenced for her part in a 2006 demonstration [JURIST report] where she and other activists protested Iranian laws that discriminate against women. She had been out on bail, but her pending appeal was recently dismissed and Iranian authorities ordered [JURIST report] her to begin serving her sentence. Charges of abuse [arrest photos] that Ali had brought against police were also dismissed.

The demonstration Ali took part in was intended to help collect one million signatures [advocacy website] protesting Iran's interpretation of Sharia law [BBC backgrounder], which has been held to require a woman to obtain her male guardian's permission to work or travel, to prohibit women from serving as judges, and to give a woman's testimony only half the value of a man's. Ali was officially charged [Iranian penal code, PDF] with "acting against national security" and "advertising against the system," as were other activists present. Five other women activists involved in the demonstration were given jail terms of up to a year, with suspended sentences of up to three years. RFE/RL has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.