Yasaman Aryani and her mother Monireh Arabshahi

Within the monitoring process for violation of Human Rights conducted by the HRI, the country of Iran has shown acts of repression against activists who fight against inequality and in favor of civil and human rights for the Muslim women.

Yasaman Aryani (@yasamanaryani95) and her mother Monireh Arabshahi are some of the latest activists in Iran to be detained in consequence of questioning the Hijab. Both were seen in a video which went viral conducting peaceful activism against the veil and defending the freedom of choice. 

There is a pattern of systematic targeting activists who fight against inequality and for women rights in countries such as Iran. Activists such as Nasrin Sotoudeh who as well faces 38 years of prison and 148 lashes.  

Another similar Sakharov case is Taslima Nasreen in Bangladesh. She fights for the civil and human rights of women in her country and in consequence of her peaceful activism through writing, she has been living in exile since 1994. 

The HRI for Peace and Freedom condemns acts of repression and state terrorism by targeting select groups of people advocating for freedom of expression and equality for women. 

These fundamental rights should not be oppressed by authorities in any part of the world. Religious fundamentalisms must not interfere with the capacity of states to implement human rights. The members of the international community, including and most important, the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations (@UNHumanRights), Michelle Bachelet (@mbachelet), must condemn such acts of repression and address the situation. There is an existing campaign in Iran and many other countries against the advocacy of women rights. If not addressed properly, the overall situation of women in Iran and around the world will aggravate.