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Women in Iran

Has anybody heard from our members in Iran? Other than praying for all the people is there something we can do to help?

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JaniceW's picture

Alas, no

William, thank you for your concern. We have a few members from Tehran but we have not heard from any of them in spite of other members reaching out to them. In light of the restrictions being placed on communication channels and the threat of execution under Islamic law as stated by the senior prosecutor in the central province of Isfahan where there have been tense demonstrations (as reported in the New York Times, June 18), I do not anticipate that we will hear anything in the near future.

In today's New York Times, it is reported that "the government worked on many fronts to disrupt the outside world’s view of the unrest, banning coverage of the demonstrations, arresting journalists, threatening bloggers and trying to block Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, which have become vital outlets for information about the confrontation. None of this week’s mass gatherings have been given official authorization and reporters have been formally barred from leaving their offices to cover them."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/world/middleeast/19iran.html?hp

In regards to what you can do, I recommend that you keep up with the situation through such websites as the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and Amnesty International.

http://www.iranhumanrights.org/
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/news/arrests-and-killings-ris...

Thank you for your concern, and we hold all the people of Iran in our hearts and hope for a peaceful resolution soon.
Janice
PulseWire Community Director

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