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June 20th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Women's Rights in Iran

Mir Hossein Moussavi promised to restore women's rights as he campaigned to be Iran's next president.

That promise was not lost on Rudi Bakhtiar - even though her family suffered great losses under Moussavi when he was Prime Minister.

Bakhtiar is a former HLN and FOX News anchor. She's now with the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans. She joined us Saturday morning in the CNN Newsroom.

Join TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen Sunday in the CNN Newsroom, 5am ET/2am PT.

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  1. Nassrin Banai

    Women are being beaten and killed, young and old, in Iran. The world must know about the regime's brutality. Be the voice of Iranian people. The people of Iran want freedom and they're giving their lives for freedom. Show all the videos, the people are going through hell to get them to us.

    June 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  2. Mojdeh

    just want to tell people outside of Iran something very important. me(live in US) and my sister who lives in Sweden, and so many others have been contacted by Hezbollahis through Skype. they tell you that everything that is shown in news are false and everything is calm and OK in Iran. I even see that they call CNN and say that everything has been exaggerated. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM

    June 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  3. R. Gene Brooks

    I often hear the warning..." these pictures are very graphic". And I'll wager with the events in Iran, more often than we would all like.

    My question is this: how can a picture be anything but 'graphic'? A picture is an image, not a verbal description. Do you mean the pictures you are about to show might be vivid and disturbing to some? If so, say so.

    Here for clarity in our language.

    R. Gene Brooks
    Architect and Urban Planner

    June 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  4. Hamid Milani

    Don, please remind the guys in the newsroom that the language is 'Persian' not 'Farsi'. 'Farsi' is what we call the language in Iran,
    like 'Spanish' which is called 'Spanol' in Spain or 'French' called 'Francais' in France. The true English word for the language is 'PERSIAN'
    This way, people are also able to make the connection with Persian carpet,Persian gulf,Persian cat or Empire of Persia (as mentioned in the Bible).

    June 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Diane Thornton

    Did anyone report that on Facebook people in Iran are leaving statements to please NOT go to the hospitals in Tehran because the Basijis are there and people are disappearing from the hospitals? This statement was left on my Facebook page by someone named Sofi. Request were made for people to seek help at foreign embassies, with specific addresses being provided. The message on my Facebook page was left around 9:30 p.m. eastern time.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  6. shahintaj bakhtiar

    let us not kid ourselves about mousavi being pro women's equality. he has wrapped his poor wife in double ilamic cover! during mousavi's government, some of the most atroshes crimes were comitted. He doesn't want any changes in the form of this opresing, inhuman, corrupt regime. giving the hopes of some freedom was just an election rhetoric. If you care to notice that most of the people defying khomenei's order to stay out of the streets, today, did not carry the usual green band on them. That is because most of the people on the street today, went beyond mousavi and asked for the demise of khamenei who is the symble of this republic of horrors.
    shahintaj bakhtiar,
    the widow of shahpour bakhtiar, the last prime minister under the shah that was murdered by the agents of this regime

    June 20, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  7. niloo

    Regarding the Basij, Iranian government has had the history of importing help from other countries in difficult times (their allies – Beirut, Palestin, and in recent years, Venezuella). this is due to the fact that the x- basij is not as strong as it once was. my worry is that the government may well have brought people from other countries to fight the reformists. in this case I am hoping that the international community and the media help the demonstrators by stopping such event to occur.

    June 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  8. niloo

    please listen to the open letter by the Iranian exiled artists accompanied by a video of the riots. It perfectly speaks the heart of the Iranian freedoom seekers. what the people of Iran expect from international community is to question the LEGITIMACY of this regim, stop all contacts with it, even countries which work and collaborate with Iran should be sanctioned since one of the collaboration they provide the government of Iran with is sending heartless soldiers to fight and arrest the people. remember this time Islamic Republic of Iran has taken over 60million citizens of the country as hostages. help them in obtaining their freedom

    June 22, 2009 at 7:56 am |
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    June 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  10. Mazierh.S

    I'm not the Iranian, but my husband's Iranian, and I know alots, he survive from Iran and iraq 8 yrs war, and 1979 revolution thank god, because he was in arm and the goverment send him for 8 yrs fighting with Iraq, from his whole entire life he never like this goverment, his very strong Muslim, he went with his dad to the Mosq when his was little for the first time, since then he never ever went to the Mosq again because those Mullah they are full of lies they playd with people's life, kill, and jail people for no reason, he hate it this goverment and the" BIG DEVIL KHAMENEI'

    Don't forget the 1979 Revolution, 4 months they killed themselfs for their FREEDOM, and between 75,000-80,000 people were killed, because my husband his from Isfahan, 1979 Revolution Isfahan started and they never stoped until the end and thats why win, and my husband strong believed they should do the same thing,

    We believe women wen they wants something they can gett it,
    our heart go out to all Iranian women they fighting for their right and for their freedom, Iv'e got the power of freedom in their heart.


    June 25, 2009 at 9:31 am |

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