Quick Summary of events in Iran
1) Mahsa (Zhina) Amini was murdered by Iranian morality police for wearing her hijab improperly and showing a bit of her hair in public. (Many people have suffered this fate and many are in prison for this to this day).
2) News spread globally and there was an outpouring of anger and sadness expressed by the world for such inhumane acts of violence which have been ongoing for 44 years in Iran after the collapse of the monarch.
3) Iran is performing the worst it ever has economically under its theocratic rule. Many young adults, especially women, have no freedom or rights. Not having anything to lose, many hit the streets in protest against this theocratic regime. Many have been imprisoned, tortured and killed.
4) Iranian citizens have no weapons and police are highly aggressive. Protesting is illegal, not wearing your hijab in public is illegal. Both of which brave Iranians are participating in.
5) There was a massacre in Sharif University in Iran of many bright Iranian students. This is equivalent to Harvard University. This is another way that the government uses fear and death penalty to control its citizens.
6) Evan prison was set on fire (highly believed to be on purpose). This prison is full of activists, journalists, freedom fighters, athletes, religious minorities etc.
How To Get Involved
1) Contact your ministry of foreign affairs.
Urge them to create an international investigative mechanism demand that your officials speak out on human rights violations inside Iran. (There are no domestic avenues of accountability inside the country.)
Canadian Foreign affairs link
Canadian Sanctions Related to Iran
2) Organize demonstrations outside the Iranian embassy of your country or the city square. Letting the Iranian government know that their human rights violations will not go unpunished.
3) Share what is happening.
Use the following hashtags: #opiran #helpiran #EvinPrison #mahsaamini #unitednations #womensliberation #humanrightsiran #downwithmandatoryhijab #endtotheopressiveregime #womensrights #iranianwomen #humanrightsviolations #iranianprotests #womanlifefreedom #zanzendegiazadi #freedomforiran
4) Create online action and donate.
U.S. supporters can also ask their congressmen to vocalize their support of the Iranian protests. Citizens can contact their representatives through a written email, or by calling their local elected official’s office. You can find out who your elected officials are by visiting house.gov/representatives and senate.gov. If you live in the U.K., you can also write to your member of parliament, which you can find by entering your postcode here.
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LEARN MORE ON HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATIONS IN IRAN
Women's rights violations ARE human right violations!
— Hijab is a veil worn by Muslim women when interacting with males outside of their immediate families. Many are concerned and terrified if they have get togethers, hold birthdays or weddings that the morality police will crash and arrest people because they are not IMMEDIATE relatives and thus should not congregate in the same place and should be wearing hijab.
— If women do not wear hijab according to morality police standards they face punishment that includes up to two months in prison, a fine, and up to 74 lashes.
— In May 2017, women launched the White Wednesday protests against hijab by removing their headscarves in public places and waving them on a stick. Many were arrested and charged with crimes, such as collusion against national security, propaganda against the state, and encouraging moral corruption and prostitution.
— Thousands of women participated in a women's march on International Women's Day, 8 March 1979, in protest against mandatory veiling. The protest resulted in the temporary retraction of mandatory veiling. When the left and the liberals were eliminated and the conservatives secured solitary control, however, veiling was enforced on all women, with an edict of mandatory veiling in 1981, followed by an Islamic Punishment Law in 1983.
— On November 26, 2018, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human-rights lawyer and political prisoner being held at Tehran's Evin Prison, began a hunger strike demanding the release of Farhad Meysami, a doctor who is in jail for protesting compulsory wearing of the hijab. In April 2019, Sotoudeh was sentenced to 148 lashes and 38 years in prison for defending opposition activists and women's rights for not wearing hijabs in public. According to the judge presiding over Sotoudeh's case, she was punished for "gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security" and "insulting the supreme leader.
— Many women and other activists have been arrested and imprisoned for defying these laws and still face prison sentences.
— On 15 August 2022, Iran introduced new restrictions on women's dress code. The new rules state that the female government employees will be fired if they post their pictures on social media which do not conform to Islamic laws and women publishing their pictures without a hijab on the Internet will be excluded from some social rights for upto a year. President Ebrahim Raisi announced the use of facial recognition technology in public transport to impose new hijab laws.
— When children are adopted into families, a law was passed that fathers can marry their adopted daughters because it would allow these girls to be able to not wear a hijab in front of their own immediate families.
— Women have to ask their husbands or fathers for permission to go hiking.
— Men and women cannot go out in public together if they are not immediate relatives. Yea this includes your cousin with a different last name.
— Every year 400-500 women are killed brutally in Iran to protect men's “honor.” The killers are usually close relatives, often the victim's father, husband, or brother.
— Women are not allowed to go to sporting events in stadiums.
— There is no freedom of religion, you will face imprisonment and punishment. You also won’t be allowed into universities.
— Retaliating in any way against the government can get you killed.
— Men can simply verbally say they want a divorce and the woman doesn’t have to be present and the divorce is sealed. Women have a much harder time.
— The legal age for marriage is 13 for women, and younger with permission from their father. Which often happens in low income families for some money.
— Women can only have one husband in contrast to men who can marry up to four.
— Once your children reach age of 7, their father and his immediate family have full custody.
— Women cannot leave the country without the permission of their husband.