Protest against hijab after the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran
Family members of Mahsa Amini, the Kurdish-Iranian woman who died in police custody, have been banned from traveling to France. 22-year-old Mahsa was announced to be honored posthumously with the European Union (EU)’s top ‘Sakharov Human Rights Award’. To receive this honour, his family had to go to France.
Iranian authorities have banned Amini’s family members from traveling to receive the EU’s top human rights award on his behalf, according to a civil rights monitor report.
Mahsa’s family banned from leaving Iran
US-based HRANA reported that authorities have refused to allow Amini’s father Amjad and his two brothers to travel to Strasbourg, France, to receive the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. However, Iranian authorities have allowed Mahsa’s family lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, to accept the award on their behalf.
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Mahsa was to receive the award in France
This honor was to be handed over to Mahsa’s family at a European Parliament ceremony on 13th. For which the family members were preparing to go to France, but before that, their parents and brother were stopped from boarding the flight and their passports were also confiscated, banning them from leaving Iran.
Mahsa died in police custody
In fact, in 2022, Mahsa was arrested by the Iranian police for violating the law of wearing hijab. A few days later, Mahsa died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody. Angry people protested fiercely over Mahsa’s death. Within no time this demonstration turned into a movement in which thousands of women and men participated. This movement shook the government of Iran.
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Many people died in Iranian police action
During this, Iranian police took action against the protesters. In which more than 500 people died and more than 20 thousand people were arrested. After a few days, some protesters were released while the sentence of some was reduced.