The Iranian regime prevented Mahsa Amini’s family from leaving the country to collect the European Sakharov Prize

A portrait of Mahsa Amini is seen during a march to demand regime change in Iran following the death of the 22-year-old woman (AP Photo/Cliff Owen/File) (Cliff Owen/)

The Iranian regime blocked the family of Mahsa Amini, the young woman who died in 2022 after being arrested for not wearing the Islamic veil correctly. In this way, she prevented them from traveling to France to receive the sakharov prize to freedom of conscience granted by the European Parliament.

According to lawyer Chirinne Ardakani, Amjad Amini, Mojgan Eftekhari —parents of the deceased young woman— and the victim’s brother, Ashkan, They were unable to board a flight to Paris.

Besides, their passports were confiscated to prevent his departure from Iran, the lawyer reported on her account on the social network X, formerly Twitter.

Chirinne Ardakani tweet
The message from lawyer Chirinne Ardakani

Mahsa Amini’s death sparked strong protests calling for the end of the Iranian regime. The demonstrations ceased after a harsh repression that resulted in at least 500 deathsthe arrest of more than 22,000 people and the public execution of eight.

Last October, the European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for freedom of conscience to Mahsa Amini and the “Woman, Life and Freedom”, which protested against discriminatory laws towards women in Iran.

This award, which includes a financial award of 50,000 euros, recognizes exceptional contributions to the defense of human rights and represents the highest recognition of the European Union in this field.

The Sakharov Prize award ceremony is scheduled for December 13 in the chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The death of Mahsa Amini

Jina Mahsa Amini born in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, Iran, on July 22, 2000; and died in Tehran on September 16, 2022. This Iranian woman of Kurdish origin She was detained and tortured by the Islamic religious police for not wearing her hijab correctly.

The 22-year-old girl had been arrested to receive “islamic orientation” by the Iranian regime’s Moral Police, a special squad in charge of public implementation of hijab regulations in the country.

After receiving blows to various parts of his body and head, He went into a coma and two hours after her arrest she was admitted to a hospital. He died 48 hours later..

According to the victim’s mother, “the police beat Jina in front of her brother. “They slapped her, hit her hands and legs with a baton.” She also maintained that They sprayed his brother’s face with pepper spray. During her journey to the police station, they continued to attack her until she received a blow to the head with a baton, after which she became unconscious.

According to the same testimony, At least an hour and a half passed between the arrival at the police station and Amini’s transfer to the hospital.where the doctors would have confirmed that the young woman received “a violent blow to the head”.

On October 2 of last year, one of the family’s lawyers indicated that independent doctors confirmed that Mahsa Amini died as a result of the blows she received and not due to previous pathologies.

One of the many tributes to Mahsa Amini after her death in Iran (REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File)
One of the many tributes to Mahsa Amini after her death in Iran (REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File) (ANUSHREE FADNAVIS/)

“Crimes against humanity”

In March, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehmansaid Mahsa He died as a result of being beaten by agents of the so-called Moral Police for not complying with the strict Iranian dress code.

He argued that this murder and the subsequent repression of the protests derived from it could be considered crimes against humanity.

“The magnitude and seriousness of the violations committed by the Iranian authorities, especially after the death of Amini, suggest that they were committed possible international crimesin particular Crimes against humanity such as murder, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual violence, and persecution,” Rehman said.

Human rights violations in Iran are “the most serious” in the country in the last four decades, he added, in the presentation of a new report before the Human Rights Council of the UN in Geneva.

In the text, the rapporteur noted that Amini’s death “It is not an isolated incident“, if not the latest in a long series of acts of extreme violence committed by the Iranian authorities against women and girls.”

Furthermore, he was very concerned about the mass poisonings in girls’ schoolsas well as the persecution and discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities in the country, particularly the Kurdish, Baluchi and Baha’i communities.