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Amnesty: Islamic Republic Must End Persecution of Women’s Rights Activists

Amnesty International demanded the Islamic Republic to end the persecution and incarceration of women’s rights activists.

In a statement issued by Amnesty International on Thursday, April 18, Iranian officials are asked to stop the persecution of women’s rights activists who peacefully protest the discriminatory and humiliating laws of mandatory hijab and to release those women’s rights activists who are currently incarcerated.

The statement mentions Yasaman Ariani and her mother Monireh Arabshahi, who were both arrested last week by the security forces. It also mentions Vida Movahedi who has been incarcerated since October 2018. She has been sentenced to one year in prison. In January of 2018, Vida Movahedi tied her white hijab to a stick and stood on a platform in Inqilab (Revolution) street in protest to mandatory hijab. For that, she became known as the girl of Inqilab street. After her, dozens of women did the same in Tehran and other cities in protest to mandatory hijab. The movement became known as “girls of Inqilab street” in honor of Movahedi.

Amnesty International states that criminalizing women who do not submit to mandatory hijab is a form of gender discrimination and inhumane, violent, and humiliating behavior that undermines women’s dignity.

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