Yasmin Aryani, a women’s rights activist has been arrested along with her mother, Monireh Arabshahi, and Mojgan Keshavarz for the crime of peacefully protesting compulsory hijab.
Yasmin, only 23, was arrested in Tehran on April 10, 2019, after security forces raided the Aryani home during the early evening hours, taking her along with her laptop.
Her mother, Monireh Arabshahi, was detained the following day after she inquired about her daughter. They are both being held in the Vozara Detention Center based on a complaint by the judiciary’s Islamic Guidance branch, according to news reports.
Yasmin’s crime: appearing in a widely shared video of women peacefully protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law in a Tehran Metro train on March 8, International Women’s Day.
In the video, both Yasmin and her mother can be seen with their hair uncovered, distributing flowers to passengers on a Tehran metro train while saying they look forward to the day that Iranian women will have a choice on whether to wear a hijab or not.
Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and the United States State Dept. have strongly condemned the Iranian regime’s growing crackdown on women advocating for their human rights.
Vida Movahedi, who became the symbol of the nationwide protests against the regime last year as the Girl of Engelhab Street, has been unjustly sentenced to one year in prison for her protests against forced veiling. Shaparak Shajarizadeh was sentenced to 20 years in prison for peacefully protesting the hijab.
23-year-old Iranian women’s rights defender Yasmin Aryani has been arrested for removing her hijab on International Women’s Day. Iran authorities must release her NOW! RT if you think governments should stop telling women what to wear. pic.twitter.com/3R0UXm6hGs— Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) April 18, 2019