As you prepare to receive world leaders at the UN annual meeting among them will be the president of the Islamic Republic. This open letter of protest is not only about the unrepresentative nature of his presence but the way the Islamic regime in its entirety views and treats the Iranian nation, particularly Iranian women.
The appearance of Iranian women has been a symbol for the Islamic Republic since its inception in 1979. However, since 2005 when the then President Khatami, as the head of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, issued a directive to the coercive apparatus of the State and its affiliates to propagate the culture of hejab and chastity, open war has been declared on the women of Iran and their place within society.
From the original discriminatory laws affecting every aspect of women’s lives to disregarding international obligations, refusal to accede to and ratify CEDAW, legislating against the presence of women in public spaces and workplaces, to adversely affecting the physical and mental health of women by prohibiting birth control and actively encouraging multiple childbirth to setting up numerous judicial and extra judicial agencies and patrols to control women’s appearance in public have made criminals of hundreds of thousands of women for non-observance of the hejab rules, long prison terms, forced televised confessions and now culminating in the tragic death of a young twenty two year old woman, Jina (Mahsa) Amini, while in police custody.
Enough is enough.
President - ACI
Paris – September 20, 2022