We condemn the recent wave of acid attacks against Iranian girls and women for the sole crime of being women, being beautiful and not succumbed to the clerical regime’s misogynist laws. Courageous women in Iran have been targets of attacks by plain-cloths agents and we support the Iranian women who are in the forefront of the movement to establish freedom and democracy against the mullahs’ ruling Iran and their misogynist laws.
We urge the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN Women Executive Director Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, chairperson of CEDAW Ms. Nicole Ameline and other women’s rights activists to impose political pressure against the Iranian regime and immediately intervene to stop such brutal and misogynistic organized acts against women in Iran.
The crime of splashing acid on the faces of girls and women in Iran is a clear sign of the fundamentalist nature of the regime whose president, Rouhani promised more freedoms for women in the sham elections. However the crimes committed under his tenure have exceeded 1000 executions, including 32 women. The most recent was Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26 year-old decorator who defended herself to rape and was executed on the morning of October 25, 2014, despite frequent calls by international organizations and human rights and women’s rights activists.
Iranian women have paid a heavy price in the front line of the battle against the Iranian regime. Tens of thousands of women have fallen for freedom and democracy and continue to counter various restrictions and repressive systematic laws. There is no doubt the women will never give in to the Iranian regime’s organized crimes.
We, the undersigned, call on all supporters of the global equality movement, particularly equality commissions in parliaments and democratic ministers as well heads of women’s organizations around the world to join the statement to express solidarity with protests particularly in Tehran, Isfahan and Kermanshah to condemn the series of acid attacks against women in Iran under the pretext of “bad hijab” and to support the 25 victims of this cruel crime.
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