[state] repression of dissent

A feminist gathering in 7-Tir square of Tehran, in protest of the unequal rights and discriminatory laws against women in Iran, which was violently interrupted by the police, and dozens were arrested.
Police in Iran have beaten a small group of women activists trying to hold a protest for greater legal rights in the biggest square of the capital. Several people were arrested by the security forces who moved in as soon as activists started gathering.
The campaign of solidarity with the three female activists - Asma'a Ali, Rasha Azab, Nada El-Kasas - declares its shock and disappointment regarding the decision on 20/05/06 by state security to renew their detainment for another 15 days.
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) & The Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) are deeply concerned and strongly object to the continued detainment of 3 female activists - Asma'a Ali, Nada El-Kasas and Rasha Azab.
On 8 May, three female activists were arrested by state security. These repeating events remind us of what happened on the dark day of the Referendum last year when state security used sexual harassment as a weapon against female journalists.
In Kyrgyzstan there is a growing risk from criminal organizations to impact stability in the country. Criminals are organizing meetings in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
ECWR is deeply saddened and extremely concerned about this cancellation and what it implies about the supposed support of the government for women's empowerment and civil society.
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