The below Time article was sent to me today with this note – “Something good from the nuclear negotiations.”
Iran Will Allow Women to Attend Major Sporting Events
A Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports official told the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency that women and their families would be allowed to attend most athletic events, except for those of “masculine” sports, like wrestling or swimming, during which male athletes wear uniforms or suits that cover little of their bodies.Women will most likely be assigned to special sections in the stadiums, while mixed seating will be available for families.
This next article was published 3/13/15 – don’t expect it to get the coverage the one above will.
State Executions Rise to Two Per Day in Iran
Executions in Iran have soared under president Rouhani, according to an Oslo-based Iranian human rights group, with an average of two now being carried out every day.Iran Human Rights (IHR) in conjunction with the French group Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (Together against the Death Penalty), unveiled their findings this week at a press conference in the Norwegian capital as part of the release of IHR’s annual report on the death penalty in Iran.
Among the findings, the groups have found that 753 people were executed in 2014, a 10% increase compared to 2013. Just 291 of these cases (39%) were announced by official Iranian sources.
The number of executions for 2014 is higher than in previous years, and has risen steadily since 2005, when 94 executions were recorded for that year. The group estimates that the number of executions for 2014 is “possibly one of the highest since the early 1990s”.
The report also shows that executions have risen dramatically since president Hassan Rouhani’s election in June 2013. In the 18 months before his election, there were 827 executions. In the 18 months after the election, this figure rose to 1,193.
Of these executions, nearly half of the prisoners, 49% (367) were executed for drug-related charges, while 240 were executed for murder charges. At least 14 juvenile offenders were executed, as were 26 women. Last October, it was reported that a woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of attempting to rape her when she was a teenager was executed.
There is much, disgustingly much more here.