Activist arrest brings worldwide condemnation

Mojgan Keshavarz, an anti-compulsory hijab activist has been arrested in recent days for the crime of peacefully protesting compulsory hijab.

Ms. Keshavarz (aka Maya), a mother of a 9-year-old girl, was arrested on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at her home in Tehran. She was beaten in front of her daughter, arrested and taken away to an unknown location.

Amnesty International has condemned the arrest and urged the Iranian officials to stop harassing, prosecuting and jailing women who stand up to oppressive injustice.

Ms. Keshavarz was a volunteer helping the flood stricken residents of Lorestan. Her arrest confirms how much the clerical regime is afraid of grass-roots humanitarian activities.

Her arrest is linked to a video clip showing her along with Yasamin Ariani and her mother Monireh Arabshahi (now imprisoned in the notorious Qarchak Prison), distributing flowers in the women’s metro wagon on the International Women’s Day.

The U.S. State Department condemned Iran on two consecutive days for human rights abuses. On April 30, Washington denounced the “growing crackdown on women advocating for their human rights,” including the right to choose whether or not to wear hijab, the compulsory head covering

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