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Hot Topic: Iranian Protests


In September 2022, Mahsa Jina Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman, was arrested by Iran’s morality police for her alleged noncompliance with the country’s Islamic dress code. Three days later, she died in police custody. The Iranian coroner rejects claims she died from blows to her head and limbs.

Amini’s death has sparked widespread protests for over 100 days. This briefing describes the background to the protests, including the rights of women and minority ethnic groups, the extent of the protests, and the response of the Iranian Government. It also sets out the international response, including new sanctions and UN proceedings. - UK Parliament briefing paper