Iranian Protests over the Death of Mahsa Amini
September 20, 2022
Cited article by Al Jazeera
HRRC urges Iran to dismantle the morality police and thoroughly investigate the death of Mahsa Amini. Additionally, the government should pay attention to the ongoing protests against laws requiring the hijab, as well as protests over the current economic crisis in Iran.
Protests are widespread in the streets of Tehran, Iran, after the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who was detained for violating the country's conservative dress code standards. Many students from universities in Tehran have been protesting and demanding that the government investigate the death of Mahsa Amini and dismantle the morality police who were holding her at the time of her death. Unverified footage of numerous protests taking place in other Iranian cities also has been reported.
Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old woman, had been detained by the morality police last Tuesday, September 13th for not covering her hair with the hijab, the Islamic headscarf. The police reported that she had died of a heart attack, yet her family reports that she had no history of heart trouble. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered an investigation into the death, and the judiciary and parliament are also looking into the incident.