Target: Iranian Council of Guardians
Goal: Overturn the ban on women from running as presidential candidatesl
Iran’s Council of Guardians has declared the Iranian constitution bars women from running for president. This is in spite of the fact that the constitution clearly outlines the guarantee of equality among all citizens regardless of gender. Their decision, which ignores all the safeguards for women’s rights put forth by the constitution, is based on the council’s interpretation of the sole word “rejal”, found in Article 115 of the constitution, as meaning men. This ruling is completely contradictory and should be removed.
Due to their decision, thirty women who put in a bid for the upcoming June election have been denied the opportunity to be on the ballot. The Council of Guardians is primarily responsible for making sure legislation abides by Iran’s constitution, with vetting presidential candidates as one of their duties. The ban on female candidacy was particularly shocking due to the fact it contradicts a 2009 statement by the Council of Guardian’s spokesman, which said women were in no danger of being legally restrained from running in a presidential election.
The ban is not only contradictory to Iran’s own constitution, but also violates several international human rights agreements entered into by the country. Though the women’s candidacies were largely symbolic, the denial of even this is further evidence of the discrimination against women present in Iranian law.
By signing the petition below you will help urge the Council of Guardians to acknowledge the rights given to women under the constitution and repeal their ban on female candidates for future elections.
Dear Iranian Council of Guardians,
Your proclamation that the Iranian constitution bans females from participating in presidential elections is contradictory and must be revoked. The interpretation of the constitution as stating presidential candidates must be chosen from a pool of men ignores the basic protections towards women offered by it, as well as international human rights agreements.
The constitution specifically states in article 20 that men and women equally share “human, political, economic, social, and cultural rights”, and guarantees the rights of women “in all respects” in article 21. Not only that, but this decision is in direct violation to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, among other international treaties.
I am urging you to repeal this decision, and allow women to run as presidential candidates in all future presidential elections. Please take action to enforce the rights guaranteed to females by the constitution, as well as honor the international agreements the nation has entered into.
[Your Name Here]
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