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Heard In Iran: Discussing Iran's Constitution in Jail is Forbidden

U.S., Iran Headline Hague Conference On Afghanistan

March 31 -- Participants from roughly 80 countries gathered in The Hague for a UN-backed conference on the future of Afghanistan, where a violent insurgency with ties to international extremists continues to hamper efficient government and reconstruction efforts. But while the conference is all about Afghanistan, many eyes will be focused on participants from Iran and the United States. [read in English]

Student Activist Abducted, Missing

April 1 -- A student told Radio Farda that a classmate, Shabnam Madadzadeh, has been abducted by Iranian security agents. He said Shabnam's brother was told that she is being held in Evin Prison; however, when he went to visit her, he, too, was detained. [listen in Persian]

Women's Rights Activists Arrested

March 27 -- Several members of the One Million Signatures Campaign were arrested in Tehran while visiting the families of political prisoners. [read in Persian]

Iranian Womens' Activists Win International Awards

March 31 -- The One Million Signatures Campaign, which fights legal discrimination against women, won a prestigious international award by the Feminist Majority Foundation. Also, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, along with Reporters Without Borders, won the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. Women's rights activists in Iran and the U.S. discussed the recognition in Radio Farda's weekly magazine on women's issues, "The Other Voice." [read in Persian]

Iran's Gloomy Economic Future

March 27 -- An economist told Radio Farda that Iran's next government will face severe economic conditions due to the drop in oil revenues and the budget deficit. He said loans from the Central Bank to help reduce the deficit would drive up inflation. [read in Persian]

Discussing Iran's Constitution in Jail is Forbidden

March 30 -- The lawyer of jailed journalist Massoud Kordpour told Radio Farda that his client has written an open letter to the government asking why talking about the constitution or human rights -- even in prison -- is forbidden. Kordpour was arrested last summer on charges of "spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic through interviews with the foreign media." [read in Persian]