Civil Rights in the Middle East

I came across this site when reading about Facebook being banned in Iran. There are a number of other articles on the site talking about persecution of bloggers and others pursuing free speech and civil rights in the Middle East. See more at
The C.R.I.M.E. Report – August 29, 2007.
As I was click on the links, I came across this clip of dress code enforcement on Iranian women:

and here is a woman beating the crap out of another woman who looks like she was trying to attempt the same thing

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8 responses to “Civil Rights in the Middle East

  1. good for that women who was fighting i think i would do the same thing if i was female living in iran she also has a lot of guts

  2. could u please send me information about civil rights in the middle east?

    • smartpeopleiknow

      Hi Stacey, I don’t have any information about civil rights in the middle east. You might be able to find more information here: http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/
      Much of the information on civil rights that I have found centers on the United States. As well, I can only access English sites. There may be sites in Arabic or Farsi that I can’t access/read.

  3. how do u know it was even for enforcing hijab? even if it was, it wasn’t right. thats like a women beating up a police officer for telling her to cover her chest. who are u to decide what another culture’s standard for modesty should be?

    • smartpeopleiknow

      Akhan, I based that on the “info” provided by the YouTube video. And I believe that women have the same rights as men. If women want to wear a hijab, that is their choice. But if they have to wear it, either for legal or through some other form of censure, then I don’t agree with that.

  4. you have a point, but the question still is, who decides what must be covered, whether it is cultural or legal? May be it should be left to that particular society. In the US, women must legally cover their chest, while men do not have to. Similar to Iran, this legal ruling is based on social values and the natural differences between men and women. Its not equal, but it is legitimate since it is agreed upon by the majority of Americans.
    I don’t mean to argue, just providing some food for thought.

  5. It should be left to the society, for sure. I am a strong supporter of more open societies. But every society is different. Even the United States, which is considered a very free and open society, is in someways more restricted and conservative than Canada. (Women, at least in the Province of Ontario, do not have to legally cover their chests here, though obviously most do, other than to breast feed in public, and even then, they almost always cover themselves.)

    Also, some countries, like Turkey or France, have restrictions on the hijab, which I don’t agree with either.

    Everyone should be treated equally in society. And people should be as free as possible without causing harm to others. I don’t see how wearing or not wearing a significant article of clothing harms anyone and therefore in my thinking, it should not be restricted one way or the other.

    And on that note, I should point out that while I think the young woman in the video had a right to disagree with the older woman, she didn’t have a right to beat her as she did. I think she was wrong to do that.

    There is a good overview on the topic here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijab

  6. How an individual dresses should be purely left up to that individual under all circumstances. However, most people, if given the choice, would dress in a fashion that coincides with their morals (or the lack thereof), beliefs, likes, and what is overall socially acceptable to avoid being socially persecuted. To put limitations on dress is indirectly putting limitations on one’s thoughts because whoever is instilling the limitations is attempting to show a person why their style of dress is wrong. If that person is convinced, their thoughts have been altered, which is a definite infringement on human rights. If an institution is allowed to restrict dress, a rather small aspect of life, what other, larger issues would they try to censor or control? If democracy is to be seen in the Middle East, human rights, including the freedom of expression, must be protected.

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