IRAN WATCH CANADA : Islamic Regime in Iran Won't Allow Iranian Women To Attend in Sports Stadiums And Support their National Sport Teams……..Isn't this like What ISIS or Taliban Do ???
Iran: Women Attending a Must for 2016 Volleyball
Volleyball Federation Can Play Key Role in Ending Ban
(Lausanne, November 26, 2015) – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) can and should use its leverage with Iran to seek an end to the discriminatory ban on women and girls attending volleyball matches in Iran, Human Rights Watch said today after meeting with the FIVB in Lausanne.
In October, the FIVB awarded Iran a February 2016 beach volleyball World Tour tournament, a first for the country. Iran will also host the June 2016 World League tournament—two opportunities to allow women to attend.
“The FIVB says it is committed to gender equality, but so far their policies haven’t worked —only men could buy tickets for their tournament in Iran last June, and hardliners threatened women,” said Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch. “The FIVB can and should make sure it is not cost-free for Iran if it keeps excluding women.”
The FIVB, in a statement to Human Rights Watch, affirmed its concern about the exclusion of women from stadiums, and said it is working to address this discrimination. However, the FIVB should escalate its efforts so that women can return to stadiums, Human Rights Watch said.
Among other types of gender discrimination women face in Iran, they are barred from entering sport stadiums, including to watch men’s volleyball matches. In October, Human Rights Watch began a digital advocacy campaign, #Watch4Women, which seeks to end this ban and more broadly to strengthen respect for women’s rights in Iran, in line with international human rights standards and the Olympic Charter.
Women were able to attend volleyball matches until 2012. The ban on women violates the “Fourth Fundamental Principle” – on nondiscrimination – of the FIVB’s own constitution, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch has asked the FIVB to take the following steps:
- Publicly state its support for an end to the 2012 ban on women attending volleyball matches and other tournaments in sports stadiums;
- Urge Iranian authorities to repeal the ban, prior to the FIVB beach volleyball tournament in February and the World League matches in June 2016;
- Ask Iranian volleyball officials to announce publicly how women can buy tickets online and attend these matches; and
- Request that Iranian police protect women who attend volleyball matches, instead of deploying them to arrest and drive off women, as has been the case in the past.
By playing a key role in ending Iran’s discriminatory ban, the FIVB could follow the path of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which adopted its reform “Olympic Agenda 2020” last December. A central pillar of the reforms is gender equality.
The FIVB statement reads:
Human Rights Watch urged the FIVB to act swiftly, to secure a repeal of the ban ahead of the beach volleyball tournament in Iran, just weeks before International Women’s Day on March 8, and months before the Rio Olympics.
The FIVB should say publicly —as has FIFA concerning football—that if Iranians want to host tournaments in 2017, they must repeal ban on women now, Human Rights Watch said.
“The FIVB should draw a line in the sand, to make clear its mission is to stand with women, not with those repressing them,” Worden said. “Volleyball tournaments in Iran should be enjoyed by men and women alike.”
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