Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Thousands of Iranian students stage sit-in over sexual harassment case

Some 3,000 Iranian university students in the northwestern city of Zanjan staged a sit-in over the weekend to protest against an attempt at sexual harassment by their university vice chancellor, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.

The students called on the board of directors to resign over the incident, which involved a young female staff member, and handed the vice chancellor over to security after breaking into his office.

University officials have been on the defensive. “We have asked the students to keep calm and present relevant evidence because this issue needs further examination,” said Zanjan university director Ali Reza Naddaf. “Unfortunately some hardline students today forcefully prevented entry of the staff and academics and did not allow exams to be held,” he added.

Reports indicate that the official in question has been suspended until investigations are complete.

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