Iran: making and breaking human rights history

Human rights defenders in Iran

by Fran Briggs

As long as the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran chooses not to validate the voices and choices of its citizens, it will adversely impact the likelihood of a trusted connection.

—Fran Briggs

NYC, NY, USA, Oct. 18, 2022 / — Iran: Making and Breaking Human Rights History is a two-part series that will cover topics such as human rights inequalities for women, fraudulent elections and Iran’s mismanagement. economy. In conclusion, I will illustrate why civil liberty and freedom can become realistic goals for many Iranians.

No length of days, film or reams of paper could capture the complexity and totality of Iran’s human rights revolution. Therefore, I will examine the impact of this move over a 60-day period if space permits.

In the first part of today, I address the following questions: Why is the revolt in Iran different from any other uprising in the country’s history? Which demographic group is best positioned to challenge ancient culture and practices? And why everything the Islamic Republic of Iran says to oppressed citizens is problematic.

In part two of next week, I will examine why freedom is no longer an elusive goal for many Iranians. I will also discuss how support for Iranian reform and freedom has become an unprecedented and historic breakthrough for the citizens’ assembly.

In September 2022, 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini was arrested for wearing an inappropriate hijab (headscarf). She later died while in the custody of Tehran vice police after allegedly slipping into a coma.

If Amini had lived in northern Tehran among the privileged elite, it is unlikely that she would meet such a fate. Communities consist of high-rise buildings, business towers, million-dollar vehicles, and other luxuries.

Azadeh Moaveni, an Iranian-American writer, journalist and scholar, says North Tehran is home to families of government officials and can choose not to wear the hijab. Women dine, drive, and wear bellies while their hair is uncovered.

In response to the deliberately ignored human rights of Mahsa Amini, the suspicious death that followed, and the historic weapons of oppression by Tehran’s morality police, 80 cities across Iran began to revolt with protests and demonstrations.

The morality police and the Iranian government soon faced entrenched opposition, mostly from women. However, children and men are increasingly joining the revolt. Together they have created an epic and united front against extrajudicial disappearances, executions and other widely applied crimes against humanity.

The events leading up to Mahsa Amini’s death sparked a revolution to challenge the Iranian parliament and its crimes against humanity.

Schoolgirls wearing backpacks and sports sneakers joined the movement. They reprimanded and taunted an employee for lack of honor before he fled the school grounds. Then they marched down a street in the nation’s capital throwing their veils of school uniforms in the air. Young people of both sexes know that they are at risk of being placed in psychiatric institutions for opposing the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Adult dissidents are arbitrarily interrogated, prosecuted and detained without justification for exercising basic human rights. These people include dual nationals, lawyers, educators, protesters, journalists, dissidents, artists and writers. Judicial consequences include torture, amputations, flogging and corporal punishment.

In America, hundreds of thousands of Iranian Americans are expressing their grief and outrage.

“The morality police and the enforcement of clothing rules depends on who the president is at the time,” said a 50-year-old Iranian-American and San Francisco Bay Area resident who says the Iran’s rules and laws are arbitrarily applied. “That’s my understanding. For example, no woman is allowed to walk around showing her hair, but how much hair she can show depends on who is in power.

Medieval concepts, the hijab and human rights violations are not the only contributors to civil unrest in Iran. In a July 2022 interview with an Iranian news source, Sasan Fayazmanesh, professor emeritus of economics at California State University, Fresno said that a struggling Iranian economy, sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies , an electoral process that gives an illusion of legitimacy, and the devaluation of the Iranian currency have all contributed to the woes and frustration of citizens.

“Nevertheless, the protests of this new generation seem to be the harbinger of things to come,” Fayazmanesh said.

The rhetoric of Iranian regime officials is designed to create an illusion of freedom and inclusion.

This is problematic because it openly insults intelligence, suppresses civil liberties and adds to the mental anguish of Iranian citizens. And, as long as the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran chooses not to validate the voices and choices of its citizens, it will adversely impact the likelihood of a trusted connection.

This concludes the first of two segments on Iran: Making and Breaking Human Rights History. I hope the world will read this and add to the depth and understanding of what it means to live in Iran today. I hope that many will be inspired to defend their human rights in one way or another.

The time has come once again to embrace our strengths and become who we were meant to be.

Fran Briggs is an investigative journalist, award-winning journalist and publicist based in Yuma, Arizona. She works in the private, public and philanthropic sectors where she designs and develops concepts, brands and content for clients and her own entities. She advocates for human rights, spiritual freedom, political freedom, inspiration, education, fitness, health and nutrition. Fran contributes to television, radio, newspapers and broadcast platforms. His work has been featured on and in CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, Oprah, Boxing Scene, Wall Street Select, Black Enterprise, Self Magazine, and more. Prior to entering the literary field, she held positions as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist and Account Manager for Philip Morris, USA.

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