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Iran urged to finish new rights clampdown following teenage woman’s loss of life

They issued an announcement expressing shock over the loss of life of Armita Geravand, {the teenager} who collapsed within the subway in Iran’s capital, Tehran, earlier this month, allegedly following an altercation about failing to put on a headdress or hijab.

Ms. Geravand died on Saturday, in accordance with worldwide experiences which cited State media. The specialists referred to as for an unbiased, immediate and neutral investigation into her loss of life, noting that the Authorities maintains that she suffered mind injury from her fall.

“Girls and women shouldn’t be punished for sporting or not sporting any particular piece of clothes and may actually not be prone to dropping their lives for doing so,” they stated.

Parallels with Mahsa Amini

Their assertion reiterated considerations beforehand expressed to authorities in Tehran concerning the imposition of a costume code on girls and women, and using extreme and illegal pressure towards those that don’t comply.

This adopted the redeployment of Iran’s so-called “morality police” for the reason that finish of July, after the introduction of the Chastity and Hijab Legislation, which a number of UN specialists are involved is incompatible with the ideas of gender equality and different elementary freedoms.

“We’re dismayed on the parallels between the circumstances of Jina Mahsa Amini’s loss of life and newer deaths,” the specialists added.

Ms. Amini, 22, was arrested in Tehran in September 2022 for her alleged failure to adjust to the already strict hijab regulation and later died whereas in custody.

Failure to research

The specialists additionally expressed grave concern and disappointment on the failure of the authorities to conduct unbiased investigations into the deaths of ladies and women through the nationwide protests sparked by her loss of life.

“We’re conscious of reprisals towards different girls, together with celebrities, for refusing to adjust to the necessary costume code,” they stated.

“Even earlier than the regulation was handed, there have been growing experiences of ladies going through authorized motion for violating the costume code. Some have misplaced their jobs or been sentenced to jail, whereas others have been ordered to carry out pressured labour.”

Abolish costume codes

The specialists urged the Iranian authorities to amend the Structure; repeal present gender discriminatory legal guidelines, together with laws imposing obligatory costume codes, and abolish all laws and procedures whereby girls’s costume or behaviour in public or non-public are monitored or managed by State authorities.

“We stay involved and alarmed by the continued insurance policies and practices in Iran which quantity to whole impunity for acts of gender persecution towards girls and women and urge the Authorities to place an finish to them,” they stated.

About UN specialists

The specialists who issued the assertion have been Javaid Rehman, Particular Rapporteur on the state of affairs of human rights in Iran; Morris Tidball-Binz, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, abstract or arbitrary executions; Reem Alsalem, Particular Rapporteur on violence towards girls and women, and the members of the Working Group on discrimination towards girls and women.

They obtain their mandates from the UN Human Rights Council and are usually not UN employees and don’t obtain fee for his or her work. 

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