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A video of a teenage girl in Tehran being violently arrested by police after playing with water guns has sparked fury in Iran, once again exposing Islamic Republic’s draconian laws.

The video first published by Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist, who campaigns against mandatory hijabs, went viral on Iranian social media networks, and prompted floor of Iranian 30 lawmakers to draft a letter calling on the Minister of Interior to answer for the violent behavior of his officers.

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Canada should impose sanctions Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp. and other officials who are oppressing women engaged in peaceful protests against Iran’s discriminatory compulsory hijab laws, women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad said a hearing at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

Addressing the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Canadian House of Commons, during its Iran Accountability Week, Alinejad urged the lawmakers to take stronger measures against the Iranian regime.

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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.

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After the 1979 revolution in Iran, women have been forced to wear the hijab in public. Back then, more than 100,000 women and men took to the streets to protest against the law and opposition to it has never gone away. In 2018, 112 women were arrested in Iran for defending women’s rights, many for peacefully protesting against Iran’s mandatory hijab law.

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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.

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