Washington, DC – Today, Foreign Policy for America stands with partners and activists around the world in commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman who was senselessly murdered by Iran’s “Morality Police” for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly. Her death sparked nationwide protests in Iran that were met with violent acts of suppression and human rights abuses by the Iranian regime, spotlighting to the world its awful treatment of its own people, and especially its women.
FP4A believes strongly in the role of the United States as a champion for women and girls around the world. We support the Biden Administration’s efforts to hold accountable Iranian actors responsible for the regime’s brutal crackdown on its own people, including its latest round of sanctions. We especially applaud the U.S.-led initiative to help remove Iran from the UN Commission on the Status of Women and to establish a UN fact-finding mission to investigate their human rights abuses, as well as efforts by the United States and like-minded countries to prevent censorship and expand access to the internet. These are important acts of American leadership that demonstrate U.S. solidarity and support for the women of Iran, and for the thousands of people who bravely took to the streets to demand justice for Mahsa and greater freedoms for themselves.
FP4A continues to be inspired by the Iranian people’s resilience and demand for change in their country, and we are committed to continuing to work with partners in and out of government to ensure the United States remains a champion for women and girls in Iran and beyond. We stand with the people of Iran.