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Category: Human Rights

Headwear and hegemony: how ‘turban tossing’ protests are threatening Iran’s ruling clergy

Written by Negar Partow, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Massey University The ongoing protests in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the country’s “Guidance Patrol” (or morality police) have made world headlines. But there is another form of protest that has received less mainstream attention in Western media. […]

Iran is using every effort to crush protesters intent on a revolution — except hearing them out

Written by Noushin Nabavi, Research Associate, Public Policy, University of Victoria Iran has entered the second month of upheaval with an average of one child murder a day by the Basij, part of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), amid the crackdown against the “woman, life, freedom” movement. The protests began in September 2022 after 22-year-old […]

Iran: hijab protests reflect society-wide anger at regime which trashes rule of law and human rights

Written by Saeed Bagheri, Lecturer in International Law, University of Reading The death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s morality police in September for not wearing the hijab properly was a fracturing point, prompting Iranian women to come on to the streets en masse to protest the regime’s violence and injustice. But our […]

Iranian women keep up the pressure for real change — but will broad public support continue?

Written by Homa Hoodfar, Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, Concordia University The world has been transfixed by images of Iranian women shouting “women, life, liberty,” leading protest rallies, dancing in the streets and burning their headscarves while facing armed soldiers. The displays of courage by Iranian women are not unlike their massive participation in the 2009 […]

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