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Saturday, December 9, 2023

EU Honors Mahsa Amini, Iranian Detainee Posthumously with Rights Prize

 The European Union has awarded its prestigious Sakharov Prize posthumously to Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who died in Iranian custody, and the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement that emerged following her death. The award recognizes their fearless activism in the face of adversity.

A Turning Point in History

European Parliament speaker Roberta Metsola highlighted that the brutal murder of Mahsa Amini was a turning point that sparked a women-led movement advocating for equality, dignity, and freedom in Iran.

Tragic Circumstances: Mahsa Amini

Amini passed away while detained by Iran’s religious police for alleged dress code violations. Her family and supporters dispute the official explanation of her death.

Global Outcry: Mahsa Amini

Amini’s tragic fate triggered widespread protests in Iran and led to the formation of the global “Woman, Life, Freedom” campaign, calling for an end to mandatory headscarves and changes in Iran’s governance.

Suppression and Resistance: Mahsa Amini

Iranian authorities have responded with suppression and executions, but many Iranian women continue to challenge the headscarf requirement, symbolizing their resistance to the system.

The Sakharov Prize

The Sakharov Prize, accompanied by a 50,000-euro endowment, will be conferred during a European Parliament ceremony on December 13.

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