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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 […]

Long before Silicon Valley, scholars in ancient Iraq created an intellectual hub that revolutionised science

Written by Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Australian National University Time and again, collaboration has proven to be a key driver of scientific and technological innovation. So it follows that some of the greatest advances have come from intellectual hubs set up for this very purpose. Today Silicon Valley is synonymous with this […]

How female Iranian activists use powerful images to protest oppressive policies

Written by Parichehr Kazemi, PhD Candidate, University of Oregon Images of unveiled Iranian women and adolescent girls standing atop police cars or flipping off the ayatollah’s picture have become signature demonstrations of dissent in the past few months of protest in Iran. In fact, among the Iranian protest photos selected for inclusion in Time magazine’s […]

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: dissent by public figures has amplified the protest across the country – and the world

Written by Roja Fazaeli, Associate Professor Islamic Civilisation, Near & Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin Iran’s Islamic Republic continues to violently suppress ongoing pro-democracy protests, which broke out in September in response to the killing of a young woman who had been arrested for not wearing a proper head covering. According to the NGO […]

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 […]

The veil in Iran has been an enduring symbol of patriarchal norms – but its use has changed depending on who is in power

Written by Amy Motlagh, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern/South Asian Studies, University of California, Davis In images of the uprising that followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16, 2022, perhaps the most iconic ones, aside from that of Amini herself, are those of unveiled Iranian women photographed from behind, […]

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 […]

Iran: A History of Violence and A Revolution in the Making

A conversation with Behnam Amini on the uprising in Iran, its historical roots, and its possible horizons. “The uprising underway in Iran is revolutionary in form and intent. It extends throughout the country, cuts across social differences, and explicitly calls for an overthrow of the state, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). Now entering its fifth week, it has persisted in the face of extraordinary state violence. Given the implications of this uprising for Iranian society, the region, and the international struggle for liberation, it warrants solidarity and a close examination. This interview with the Toronto-based Iranian-Canadian activist and scholar Behnam Amini offers both.”

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