Dec 9, 2023 at 9:34 PM Update: 3 hours ago
Iranian authorities stopped Mahsa Amini’s family at Tehran airport. Amini was probably killed by the violence of the vice police. Her family was on their way to Strasbourg to receive the Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament’s human rights prize.
Amini’s parents and brother were intercepted by Iranian authorities while boarding. Their passports were then confiscated, their lawyer reported to the AFP news agency. According to the councilwoman, they should not be allowed to leave the country unless they have a “valid” visa.
According to the lawyer, Iranian authorities have “never gone to such lengths to prevent a victim’s family from speaking to the international community.”
Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, has called on Iran to reverse the decision and allow the family to leave. “Their place next Tuesday will be at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to receive the Sakharov Prize, together with the courageous women of Iran,” said Metsola. “The truth cannot be concealed.”
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Amini shares prize with protest movement
Mahsa Amini died in September 2022 at the age of 22 under suspicious circumstances after a clash with Iranian moral police. She allegedly did not wear her hijab properly. After Amini’s death, mass protests broke out in Iran and worldwide. Hundreds of people were killed in Iran.
The international protest movement for and by women was reason for the European Parliament to posthumously award Amini the Sakharov Prize. She shares the prize with the protest movement that started after her death.
Under pressure from the protests, clothing checks by the vice police were temporarily abolished. But last summer they slowly returned. This fall, more than a year after Amini’s death, a sixteen-year-old girl fell into a coma after a similar encounter with the vice police.
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