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Urgent Action: WOMEN AND GIRLS FACING VIOLENT CRACKDOWN (Iran 39.24)

May 8, 2024

Iranian authorities are waging a “War on Women” to punish defiance of forced veiling in the wake of the “Woman Life Freedom” uprising. Since April, security forces have intensified their enforcement of compulsory veiling in public spaces through subjecting women and girls to constant surveillance, beatings, sexual violence, electric shocks, arbitrary arrest and detention, and other harassment.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE UNTIL: July 2, 2024

take action:

  • Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
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contact information:

Ebrahim Raisi,

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and head of Supreme Council of National Security 

c/o Embassy of Iran to the European Union, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt No. 15, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Supreme Leader ‘Ali Khamenei

c/o Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

622 3rd Ave, 34th floor,

New York, NY 10017

Email: [email protected]

Salutation: Your Excellency

sample letter:

Dear Mr Raisi,

Women and girls in Iran are facing a renewed assault on their human rights, dubbed the “War on Women” by Iranian human rights defenders and social media users. Since mid-April 2024, when the authorities announced the implementation of a new nationwide campaign called the “Noor (light) Plan”, security forces across the country have intensified their violent enforcement of compulsory veiling.

I call on the Iranian authorities to stop punishing women and girls for exercising their rights to bodily autonomy and freedom of expression, religion, and belief; to immediately repeal all compulsory veiling laws and regulations; and to disband all security forces tasked with enforcing compulsory veiling. I urge you to unconditionally release anyone in detention for defying compulsory veiling and ensure that any officials involved in violating women’s rights through implementation of compulsory veiling are held accountable.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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