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    Iran Banned Women From Attending Men's Volleyball Games

    In this picture made available by the Tasnim News Agency, an unidentified Iranian volleyball player defends a ball against his Turkish competitors during the International Beach Volleyball Championships at Iran's Kish Island, Feb. 15, 2016.
    In this picture made available by the Tasnim News Agency, an unidentified Iranian volleyball player defends a ball against his Turkish competitors during the International Beach Volleyball Championships at Iran's Kish Island, Feb. 15, 2016.
    VOA News

    Iran banned women from attending the International Beach Volleyball Championships that ended Friday, the world volleyball governing body said.

    The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) said allowing women to attend the five-day competition at Iran’s Kish Island had been a condition of its decision to let the Iranian volleyball federation host the men's tournament for the first time.

    Female fans are traditionally barred from attending male-only sports matches in Iran.

    The Associated Press quoted an FIVB spokesman, Richard Baker, as saying that “misunderstandings with regard to security” in Iran were to blame for preventing female spectators to enter the stadium. He said that women could watch games from a cafe overlooking the main court.

    Human Rights Watch organized a digital advocacy campaign to draw public attention to Tehran’s decision.

    The ban on women's attendance violates the “Fourth Fundamental Principle” — on nondiscrimination — of the FIVB’s own constitution, Human Rights Watch said ahead of the beach volleyball event.

    According to HRW, the 2012 ban on women's attendance at men's volleyball matches followed a decision by the Iranian Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to extend the 1979 ban on women attending games in soccer stadiums.

    The ban came to worldwide attention in 2014 when Iran banned Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman, from a men's volleyball match between Iran and Italy.

    She was detained for several hours and then released but was arrested again a few days later and sentenced to a year in prison for “propagating against the ruling system.” Ghavami was freed on bail pending an appeal.

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    by: Gilbert Nash
    February 20, 2016 7:18 PM
    Daesh will only be defeated when the nations of the Mideast unite against this infidel in the jihad they have always awaited.

    by: Anonymous
    February 20, 2016 7:06 PM
    Still women in Iran have a better life compared to Iran's neighbors
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    by: Anonymous 2 from: New York
    February 21, 2016 11:40 PM
    But that isnt an argument to not consider this an issue. Surely you should be comparing to good examples not worse ones.
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    by: Torgom
    February 21, 2016 5:11 AM
    You are right, I am from Armenia and the living standard in Iran are ten times better than in our country and the same situation in other neighboring countries, it is better to have some restrictions but better life than some stupid type of freedoms than shit life as we have, Long live Iran,

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