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Category: Justice

What does ‘secularism’ mean in the Iran protests?

Written by Roodabeh Dehghani, PhD candidate, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa Since the death of Mahsa (Jina) Amini in September 2022, much has been said and written about the protests in Iran. Amini died while in the custody of Iran’s morality police. She was arrested for supposedly wearing her hijab incorrectly. Her death triggered widespread protests […]

Iran: poisoning of thousands of schoolgirls piles more pressure on Islamic Republic struggling for survival

Written by Afshin Shahi, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Middle East Politics & International Relations at Keele University, Keele University The Iranian government has announced several arrests in connection with the reported poisoning of more than 7,000 schoolgirls in more than 100 schools around the country. Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has condemned the poisonings, […]

Iran executions: the role of the ‘revolutionary courts’ in breaching human rights

Written by Simon Rice, Professor of Law; Kim Santow Chair of Law and Social Justice, University of Sydney The Iranian government has attempted to brutally suppress the widespread protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody in September 2022. Central to Iran’s response have been the country’s “revolutionary courts”. They have […]

How Gen Z is using social media in Iran’s Women, Life, Freedom movement

Written by Farinaz Basmechi, Doctoral Student, Feminist and Gender Studies, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa Iran’s attorney general recently indicated that the country’s morality police had been disbanded after protests calling for the country’s hijab mandate to be lifted. However, the government has not confirmed the attorney general’s remarks and local media have reported that he […]

Iran executes first protester as human rights abuses come under international scrutiny

Written by Sahar Maranlou, Lecturer, School of Law, University of Essex Iran’s execution of protester Mohsen Shekari is the first after a huge wave of unrest swept around the country in the autumn of 2022. Shekari was found guilty by a Iranian Revolutionary Court of “moharebeh” (enmity against God), news sources reported. Human rights groups […]

Iran: the hijab protests are now massive, but a revolution will need the military to change sides

Written by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies, SOAS, University of London More than three weeks after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Ahmini for disobeying Iran’s strict laws, which make it compulsory for women to wear the hijab – or Islamic headscarf – protests continue to rage on the streets of all […]

Iranian women have been rebelling against restrictions since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – with renewed hope that protests this time will end differently

Written by Pardis Mahdavi, Provost and Executive Vice President, The University of Montana Shouts of “death to the dictator” and “woman, life, freedom” are reverberating throughout the streets of Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, while in custody of the “morality police” in Tehran. These protests have echoes from past resistance […]

Iran protest at enforced hijab sparks online debate and feminist calls for action across Arab world

Written by Balsam Mustafa, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick Iranian authorities have cracked down on protests which erupted after the death in custody of a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the morality police for not wearing the hijab appropriately. The death of Mahsa Amini who […]

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