Iran: Compulsory veiling is abusive, discriminatory and humiliating; end the persecution of women for peacefully protesting against it

Amnesty International
Date Written:  2018-01-24
Publisher:  Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22106

Amnesty International criticizes Iran's compulsory veiling laws, arguing that they are not only harmful to women, but fundamentally unconstitutional.



For decades, the Iranian authorities have enforced compulsory veiling laws and regulations that violate women's human rights, and lead to their cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as well as arbitrary arrests and detention. The Iranian authorities should drop the pretence that the recent half-hearted announcement of the head of police in Tehran will protect the rights of women. Instead, they must immediately repeal Article 368 of the Islamic Penal Code, and abolish the humiliating and discriminatory bans on women's appearance in public without a headscarf.

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