Haleh Esfandiari is the Head of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., and is a
well-known advocate of dialogue between the U.S. and Iranian governments. She had travelled to visit her elderly mother. While on her way to the airport to
return to the USA, her taxi was stopped by armed, masked men, who took both her
passports and her belongings. In May Amnesty International activists began a letter-writing action and in June held a rally calling for her release. Many thanks to all who participated on Haleh's behalf.
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Sierra Leone: Pregnant Girls' Right to Education at Risk (UA 71/15)
According to credible reports, the Sierra Leonean government is considering putting in place a policy that would exclude pregnant girls from taking crucial exams and attending school. If implemented, this discriminatory policy would violate girls’ fundamental right to education.