Following is the text of speech by the Hon. Nele Lijnen, member of the Parliament of Belgium, to a conference at the parliament on Human Rights in Iran.
In 2012, the United Nations designated October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child in an effort to draw attention to the special needs and problems of girl children and help them achieve their human rights such as education, nutrition, equality before the law, medical care, as well as prevention of violence, discrimination and forced early marriages.
October 5, marks the World Teachers’ Day. It is a day to mobilize support for teachers and their rights.
Teachers have the greatest impact on the culture, spirit and thoughts of future generations. Therefore, their status bears tremendous importance for everyone especially the government. The situation of teachers in Iran, however, is just the opposite.
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee who has been imprisoned just for writing an unpublished book against the inhuman punishment of stoning, has sent out an open letter in which she has called on the international community to take action to save the life of political prisoner Saeed Shirzad who is still on hunger strike.
Saeed Shirzad, who has been imprisoned for his activities in defense of children's rights, has been on hunger strike for nearly two months in protest to the raid on political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, transferring them to a high-security ward and confiscating the properties they have procured at their own expense.
The General Board of Directors of the Administrative Court of Justice rescinded a directive by the general director of the Labor Ministry which had banned laying off working mothers for two years while they nurse their children. The Administrative Court of Justice considers the directive as being illegal and adopted by unqualified authorities. (The state-run Tasnim news agency, September 15, 2017)
Once again, Iranian women were left out of the stadium and deprived of their basic rights.
Iranian women were refused entry to the World Cup football match that took place on September 5, 2017, at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium between the national teams of Syria and Iran. Syrian women went through the gates without any issues but Iranian women gathered outside Tehran's Azadi Stadium in protest after they were asked to leave.
On the 52nd anniversary of its foundation on September 6, 2017, the Iranian Resistance’s pivotal force, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) elected a new Secretary General.
The struggle by the Iranian opposition movement is being led by selfless women who have sacrificed everything in their own lives to bring freedom and democracy to their people in Iran. Over the years, these women have become indispensable to the Iranian opposition in its struggle for regime change and democracy. So, at every crucial juncture, women are seen playing their crucial role in the movement.
The situation of nurses' employment and occupation in Iran merits attention.
According to the latest figures compiled on the number of protests taking place in Iran, an average of 20 protests take place in Iran every day. One of the sectors constantly staging protests are the nurses. Despite their heavy-duty involving a lot of work, pressure and harms, the majority of nurses in Iran do not have official employment. They work on temporary contracts. They are offered a small salary and even that small salary is not regularly paid.