Wave of international condemnation and regional demonstrations over killing of Mahsa Amini in Iran

SANANDAJ, Iran — Demonstrations swept across Iran, Canada, and several European countries following the killing of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian Mahsa Amini by so-called “morality police” in Iran. Amini was beaten by the morality police on the pretext of not complying with the conditions for wearing the veil.

Protests have steadily grown across the country, particularly in majority Kurdish areas. The death toll also continues to mount as Iranian security forces employ increasing violence. 

An undated picture obtained from social media of Mahsa Amini. (Image: IranWire / Reuters)

The platform of the joint activities of women’s movements and organizations in North and East Syria released a statement saying that the murder of Amini is a continuation of the repressive approach pursued by the authoritarian Iranian regime. They issued an appeal for human rights organizations, United Nations Women, and other international women’s organizations to document these violations and hold the perpetrators accountable.

The Government of Canada condemned the repressive practices of the Iranian regime against women.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the Iranian government to end the systematic oppression of women and called on the authorities to allow freedom of peaceful protest.

The United Nations also condemned Iran for Amini’s death and called for an independent investigation of her death and expressed concern about the violent repression of demonstrators.

The wave of protests and denunciations was accompanied by the exposure of Iranian government websites to hacking, with the Anonymous hacking group threatening more attacks if the government continued to crackdown on protests.”