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Iran: human rights activists call for international intervention

Leading Iranian human rights activists Shirin Ebadi and Akbar Ganji are increasing pressure on the regime to end human rights violations.

Ganji and 200 Iranian intellectuals have submitted an appeal highlighting the country's appalling human rights situation and criticising the way in which the international community is dealing with Iran. The appeal highlighted the abuses against women, children, workers and students in Iran. It also criticised the way in which Western governments deal with the regime, which human rights relegated to second place behind the nuclear programme.

Meanwhile, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi participated in events marking the first anniversary of a one million signature campaign which highlighted Iran's deteriorating human rights situation (click here for details). She told the media that the regime should repeal legislation dating back to the Shah's regime that undermined Iranians' human rights. She specifically referred to the Family Protection Act, introduced in 1925, and called on the Iranian parliament to repeat the legislation as it undermined women's rights and was not in accordance with either the Declaration on Human Rights or Sharia. She also drew attention to the regime's execution of children under the age of 18, which she said was against the country's laws. She added that Iranians had a right to call for the international community to intervene and monitor the situation of women in Iran and that this should not be seen as a call for military invasion.