‘War against women’: Iran ramps up crackdown as regional tensions rage


Paris: Executions of convicts, arrests of dissidents and a resurgence in patrols enforcing the requirement to wear hijab: iran As tensions with its arch enemy Israel increase, it is increasing repression at home. worker Tell.
Iranians in the Islamic Republic have faced increased repression since the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September 2022 sparked nationwide protests, allegedly for violating mandatory dress rules. Was arrested. women,
But action Israel launched an apparent attack on Iran on Friday amid fears the regional conflict will escalate into a new phase.
Dreaded white vans of “morality police” have returned to city squares across Iran, picking up women who violate the mandatory hijab rule in place since the 1979 Islamic revolution, activists have reported.
Tehran police chief Abbas Ali Mohammadian openly announced the latest crackdown on 13 April, with local media saying it was codenamed “Nur” (“light” in Persian).
On social media – several videos posted under the hashtag “Jang Aliyeh Zanan” (“War against Women”) showed women being escorted by male police in body armor into vans accompanied by female police agents wearing Islamic chadors. Being tied up.
Roads turned into 'battlefield'
“The Islamic Republic has turned the streets into a war against women and youth,” 2023 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and imprisoned rights activist Nerges Mohammadi wrote in a message from Tehran's Evin prison and published by her supporters on social media. Have turned it into a field.”
In a video filmed near the Tajrish metro station in northern Tehran, a woman falls to the ground after being grabbed by police, and tells bystanders who are trying to revive her that her phone has been confiscated. Has been taken.
The second includes the sound of what appears to be police using electric shocks on women who were grabbed and put into a van.
“Amid growing discontent domestically and increased international attention regional tensions“The Islamic Republic is seizing the opportunity to intensify its campaign of repression against dissent,” said Hadi Ghaemi, director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran.
Ghaemi said, “Without a strong international response, the Islamic Republic will be encouraged to intensify its violence against women and grave violations of human rights.”
Hundreds of people were killed, according to rights groups, and thousands were arrested in the crackdown on 2022 protests, according to the United Nations, one of the biggest challenges to the Islamic republic.
'Opportunity to strengthen our grip'
Those arrested in recent days included Aida Shahkarmi, the sister of 16-year-old Nika Shahkarmi, who died during the 2022 crackdown, her mother Nasreen wrote on social media.
Aida was detained “for not wearing the mandatory hijab,” Nasreen Shahkarmi wrote on social media.
Nika Shahkarmi was found dead during the protests, with some family members accusing security forces of killing her.
Dina Ghalibaf, a journalist and student at Tehran's Shahid Beheshti University, was arrested after she accused security forces on social media of handcuffing her and sexually assaulting her during a previous arrest at a metro station, according to the Norway-based Hangau rights group.
Executions, which activists say are used by Tehran as a means to instill fear in society, also continue apace, with at least 110 this year alone according to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group. People have been hanged.
Those executed in recent days included a married couple, 29-year-old Ismail Hassaniani and his 19-year-old wife Marjan Hajizadeh, who were sentenced to death for drug-related charges in a joint case and executed on April 11. Was hanged in Zanjan Central Jail. IHR.
“The regime will, without a doubt, use this opportunity to tighten its grip inside the country,” said IHR director Mahmoud Amiri-Moghadam.
“They have still not managed to regain the control they had before September 2022. They may have the opportunity to do so now, if all international attention turns to rising tensions with Israel.”

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