One of the women who took her hijab off in public during the ongoing protests in Iran against the forced hijab has been sentenced to two years in prison and 18 years suspended sentence!
Shaparak Shajarizadeh took her headscarf off, but she was accused of “not observing Islamic hijab” and “encouraging corruption” at Tehran’s Criminal Court.
The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) rejects the legality and legitimacy of sentencing an individual for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. They call on the international community to send their complete rejection of this sentence.
Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of CHRI says:
“The authorities in Iran are demonstrating a cultural tyranny that blatantly violates its international obligations of freedom of expression,”
He thinks that any sentence for peaceful protest is a grotesque misuse of power, and it should be condemned by the international community.
Shajarizadeh used Alinajad Masih’s (the creator of the White Wednesday campaign against the forced hijab) Twitter account to send a message in which she says that she had left the country because she felt that the authorities were building a case against her and that she didn’t feel safe in Iran anymore.
Her lawyer called the ongoing arrests a “manifestation of violence against women”.
Shajarizadeh has been arrested several times this year: in February 2018 for removing her headscarf and waving it on a flag in Iran’s capital Tehran, and on May 8 for removing her hijab in the Iranian city of Kashan. She and other women who have taken off their headscarves have been referred to as the “Girls of Revolution Street” by social media users.
Social student Narges Hosseini, 32, was sentenced to 2 years of prison on March 7 for engaging in this peaceful protest, and Maryam Shariatmadari, 32, computer science student was sentenced on March 25 for the same reason.
Iranian women have been protesting against the compulsory hijab for more than 30 years, in various ways. However, the protest gained international attention only in 2018, when the 31-year-old mother Vida Movahed waved her headscarf like a flag on December 27, 2017.
Women in Iran are forced to cover their bodies and their hair when they are in public, a rule that was imposed back in 1979.
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