Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani, arrested earlier this year by Iranís Revolutionary Council, faces execution if she is convicted of supporting anti-revolutionary groups outside of Iran and threatening national security through the misuse of the arts. At issue is Milaniís newest film The Hidden Half, which depicts tensions within Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Even though the Ministry of Culture approved the film for release, an Iranian court judge found nothing anti-fundamentalist in its content, and Iranian President Mohammed Khatami supported Milani after her arrest, she will still be tried. Filmmakers from across the globe, including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ali Kazimi, Ang Lee, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, and Oliver Stone, have released a declaration of solidarity in support of Milani and are petitioning leaders in the Iranian government to drop the charges against her. Milani is a feminist and a well-known filmmaker in Iran. Her case is the first in which the Revolutionary Council has taken direct action against a specific filmmaker.
Media Resources: Declaration of Solidarity with Tahmineh Milani, LA Times, 10/26/01
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .