Protesting women arrested in Tehran

Solana Larsen

What timing. 50 protestors at a women’s march were roughed and arrested yesterday in Tehran. Read the excellent account on Global Voices. You can see their photos here. If you haven’t already, please sign the “One Million Signatures” petition of behalf of women in Iran. We need to let them know the world is watching.

The blog Women’s Space/The Margins also mentions that a group of Iranian women were denied visas to attend the CSW. I’m not sure of the context, or whether they represented the Iranian government. Either way, I wonder how many delegations may have been affected by the entry requirements of the United States. This is a recurring problem in most global meetings. I wouldn’t speculate that this was a general policy of the United States. (At least the Iranian government presumably agrees with the American on abortion)

A little trivia: In case you ever need a visa to attend a UN meeting, you should know that the application is free, unlike for other visas.

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