ROUHANI SAYS IRANIAN WOMEN NOT SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS

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TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani admitted on Sunday that women in his country still face discrimination and cultural barriers, but he insisted they are not universally treated as second-class citizens. In a speech marking Women’s Day in Iran, Rouhani, seen as a moderate reformer, indicated more had to be done but he said the West did not offer a model that had to be followed. “I, as the head of the government, confess there are still so many deficiencies with regards to the vindication of women’s rights,” Rouhani told a conference attended by members of Iran’s female elite, in remarks that were warmly applauded. Iran’s civil rights record is regularly criticized by international rights watchdogs and Western governments.

AFP

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