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Solidarity with “Women, Life, and Freedom” Protests in Iran

Oct 11, 2022

UBC Department of Anthropology stands in solidarity with the people in Iran who have been fighting for their rights and freedoms in mass political protests across the country after the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s so-called “morality police.”

Jina Mahsa Amini (a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman) was detained by the “morality police” on September 16 for allegedly violating the regime’s compulsory veiling laws. She fell into a coma due to severe beating and died in police custody. Amini’s murder by the “morality police” on charges of not following compulsory hijab laws is the most recent example of state-sanctioned and systemic oppression faced by women in Iran under four decades of brutal theocratic rule.

Since the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini, people in Iran, including women, students, youth, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities, and poor, low-income, and dispossessed citizens, have been organizing large-scale protests. The Islamic Republic responds to protests with police violence, tear gas, live bullets, cutting off the Internet, and arresting, torturing, and killing protestors.

We condemn the brutal response of Iran’s security forces to ensuing protests, including those by university students, and express our grave concern for the safety of all protestors in Iran.

We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to anti-colonial, feminist, and intersectional struggles of the people of Iran for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, workers’ rights, freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and expression, reproductive justice, environmental justice, and the right to education, employment, divorce, and participation in social and political activities, all of which are raised by protestors loud and clear.

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