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Lawyer's Execution Concerns, Compulsory Veils

Kurdish activist Farzad Kamangar

Lawyer Fears Executions May Be Imminent

Lawyer Khalil Bahramian tells Radio Farda he is concerned about his client Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish teacher and activist arrested in 2006, who has been sentenced to death. Bahramian, who asked the court to reconsider Kamangar’s sentence a long time ago, is worried that his client might be executed in the course of current crackdowns.

Bahramian adds that his other client Hamed Rouhinejad, a student who was sentenced to death, suffers from multiple sclerosis and is kept under deplorable prison conditions. The death sentences were issued merely based on the reports of security officials, he says.

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Iranian Women Reflect On Imposed Veil Law

According to the Laws of Islamic Penalty in Iran, women who appear without due veil in public venues will be jailed or fined. What do Iranian women think of the veil 28 years after it became compulsory? Radio Farda's "The Other Voice" gathers some reactions.

A Tehran-based student tells “The Other Voice” that the majority of Iranian women do not believe in wearing a veil: “Although there has been no demonstration against wearing the veil, women have always shown their protest to this rule in their own way.”

Prominent women’s rights activist Shadi Sadr believes that women have been deprived of many things because of the compulsory veil: “The most important issue is the right to choose – which Iranian women do not have.”

[read/listen in Farsi]