Arizona Congresswoman Speaks Out on Violence against Iranian Women

IN HONOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ON NOV. 25, REP. KYRSTEN SINEMA (D-AZ) RELEASED A STATEMENT REGARDING THE TREATMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN.

"AS THE P5+1 NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN CONTINUE, THE WORLD SHOULD ALSO RECOGNIZE THE POOR HUMAN RIGHTS CONDITIONS FACING THE IRANIAN PEOPLE,” SINEMA SAID. “SADLY, WOMEN IN IRAN FACE DAILY ABUSE, IN SOME CASES PROMOTED BY THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT. FROM ACID ATTACKS ON WOMEN IN PUBLIC VENUES TO SYSTEMIC SUPPORT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AT HOME, THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN IRAN REMAINS UNACCEPTABLE.”

IN HER STATEMENT, SINEMA ALSO CITED THE MARCH 2014 U.N. REPORT THAT DISCUSSED NEW LAWS THAT PERMIT GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND PROMOTE VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN. “THE IRANIAN LEGAL SYSTEM IS ALSO OVERTLY HOSTILE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS, FORCING THEM TO PROVE THEIR INNOCENCE OR RISK BEING PUNISHED FOR ADULTERY. GIRLS AS YOUNG AS NINE CAN BE MARRIED IN IRAN, AND “NONCONSENSUAL SEXUAL RELATIONS IN MARRIAGE” ARE STILL LEGAL,” SAID SINEMA. “WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS. THE WORLD COMMUNITY SHOULD SUPPORT THE IRANIAN PEOPLE BY PUSHING THE IRANIAN REGIME TO END ITS SYSTEMIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.”