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Iran: Authorities Should Free ‘Girl of revolution street’ Campaigners
In response to the Iranian government arresting women for refusing to wear the compulsory hijab, or headscarf, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"Law enforcement authorities should immediately release the 29 women detained for removing their headscarves in protest of a discriminatory compulsory hijab law, and uphold the government's pledge in December to stop these arrests," said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs at Freedom House. "Opposition to the compulsory use of head coverings is an indigenous Iranian movement that dates back to the 1850s, and as President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged this week, the movement enjoys broad support from Iran's citizenry. It would be wise for Iranian leaders to heed the calls by Iranians for freedom of expression and gender equality and end this abusive practice."
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.