The world has been watching Iran as anti-Regime protests have intensified following the death of Jina (Mahsa) Amini. Mahsa was a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman on a family trip. She tragically died in the custody of Iran’s morality police, a wing of police that enforces mandatory hijab on Iranian women.
Since her death on September 16th, the people of Iran are courageously demanding freedom of choice, chanting: women, life, freedom! We have seen nationwide and global protests against the Regime in Iran. People in Iran are risking their lives to fight for the fundamental freedom of choice! Many inside and outside the country have been cutting their hair and burning headscarves in solidarity with women fighting a repressive and discriminatory regime.
In response, Iranian authorities have deployed security forces to halt and control these protests. The authorities use tear gas, live ammunition, batons, tasers, and water cannons on non-violent protestors. Hundreds of people have been detained, hundreds have been injured, and dozens have been killed. The exact numbers are unconfirmed due to a lack of coverage by independent investigative reports and internet shutdowns!
Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the last remaining international platforms in Iran, have been restricted. Mobile networks have also been disrupted, being shut off from evening till morning. The Regime is attempting to prevent footage of the realities of the protests, silencing many that have experienced intense police brutality.
We uphold the right to freedom and believe everyone can decide how they want to live. We stand in solidarity with the people of Iran and send our love to those who courageously step up for current and future generations!
Support the people of Iran with 3 simple yet powerful acts – which take less than 5 minutes!
1) Signing the Amnesty petition:
One of the most important calls to action is to call for a United Nations investigative mechanism for Iran to ensure there is no impunity for Mahsa Jina Amini’s killing.
2) Donate to these trusted Iranian human rights organizations:
3) Follow leading voices in- and outside of Iran:
Masih Alinejad, campaigner against mandatory hijab (@AlinejadMasih)
Nazanin Boniadi, actor and activist (@NazaninBoniadi)
Gissou Nia, human rights lawyer (@GissouNia)
Roya Boroumand, co-founder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (@RoyaBoroumand)
Mahsa Alimardani, internet freedom researcher (@maasalan)
Golnaz Esfandiari, reporter, covering Iran for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (@GEsfandiari)
Holly Dagres, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council (@hdagres)