On September 16, three days after she was arrested by the morality police for allegedly violating regulations governing the use of the hijab, a 22-year-old Iranian woman from the Kurdish minority died in hospital after collapsing in a detention centre. Mahsa Amini’s death prompted massive waves of protests across the country, with many calling for political change. Women and youth lead the charge as they chanted “woman, life and freedom.” As Professor Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran has put it, “Conditions that led to the death of Amini could no longer be tolerated and the violation of the fundamental right, for women, to speak and dress freely seemed more urgent than ever. The barrier of fear had been overcome and a movement was born.” The protests have been met by a brutal crackdown by Iranian authorities.
In March 2023, UNSR Javaid Rehman will present his latest findings to the UN Human Rights Council and, days later, will join HRREC Assistant Director Viviana Fernandez, Christopher Waters and the Transnational Law and Racial Justice Network (TLRJN) at Windsor Law, and Oonagh E. Fitzgerald of the International Law Association’s Canadian Branch (and HRREC Senior Fellow), for a webinar on the troubling human rights situation in Iran. HRREC Fellow Dr. Omid Milani will provide commentary following Professor Rehman’s talk, and there will be a moderated question and answer session for participants joining this free webinar.
Zoom Webinar | Registration required to receive the link.
Event in English. | Free and open to all.
Transnational Law and Racial Justice Network (TLRJN) at Windsor Law
l’Association de droit international Canada (ILA Canada) | the International Law Association Canada (ILA Canada)
Centre de recherche et d’enseignement sur les droits de la personne | Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa