Legal threats to women in Iran for singing and playing music

December 2014

Live events sector

Women in Iran are being threatened with legal action for singing or playing music in the latest clampdown on civil liberties within the religious dictatorship. A group of members of parliament in Iran have called for tougher action against women flouting the law. The spokesman for the parliament’s Security Commission Hossein Naghavi said in an interview with the state-run Mehr news agency: “If government officials do not take into account the remarks by the lawmakers, parliament will use its legal powers to address this problem.” “Women singing or playing a musical instrument is contrary to beliefs and religious values and in many cases, these prohibitions are not respected in this country.”

The clerical regime has stepped up restrictions against women’s participation in the arts in recent months, cancelling concerts for having women musicians performing or for the use of the term ‘concert’.

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