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UN must hold Iran to human rights promises

This month, world governments have an opportunity to directly press Iranian authorities to improve women's rights during the Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council.
Iran's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi addresses a news conference, on the situation of human rights in Iran, in Brussels September 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Thierry Roge   (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR2I3U9

The recent acid attacks in Esfahan have refueled the public debate over women’s rights in Iran. Large protests are urging the government to step up its criminal investigation and take measures to prevent this type of violence against women in the future. Officials have expressed "concern," but some Iranians doubt they will respond appropriately.

Women’s rights issues in Iran go much further than these types of horrible, headline-grabbing events. It is important to address the daily plight of women in Iran and how gender discrimination affects the whole of their social and economic lives.

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