Iran has sentenced a women’s rights activist to flogging and almost three years in jail for taking part in a 2006 protest over “discriminatory” laws, the ILNA news agency reported Tuesday.
Delaram Ali was sentenced to 10 lashes and two years and 10 months in jail for “participation in an illegal gathering,” “propaganda against the system,” and “disturbing public order,” her lawyer Nasrin Sotoodeh told ILNA.
Delaram Ali was one of the 70 people arrested in June 2006 in a protest at a Tehran main square against articles in Iranian law that are seen as discriminating against women.
“Delaram Ali’s sentence is too heavy, we will definitely protest [against] the unlawful verdict. A flogging sentence for social and women’s rights activists is against international law,” Nasrin Sotoodeh said.
Several other women were sentenced to jail for taking part in the protest, which was dispersed amid allegations of police brutality, but little-known activist Delaram Ali was given the most severe punishment.
Tehran’s revolutionary court has sentenced five activists who organized the June protest to up to three years’ jail, but most of those sentences were suspended.
Around 30 women’s rights activists – arrested while demonstrating outside the court where the five campaigners were standing trial – were detained for several days in March.
The activists accused in both cases have been involved in a petition dubbed “One Million Signatures,” which seeks to change Iran’s laws for women by collecting signatures online and in person.
…this post forwarded by a Windsor Humanist (Neil.Hod) after a July 3, 2007 article in The Middle East Times