Their names were Hannaneh, Ghazaleh or Hadis… These Iranian women died for their freedom

According to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), a hundred people have been killed since September 16, the anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini, also 22, who was arrested in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothing” of a veil covering her Hair insufficiently covered in the eyes of the vice squad.

In a video captured on her cellphone just before she took part in a demonstration in Iran, 22-year-old Hadis Najafi said she hoped that in a few years she would be able to say she was “satisfied to have contributed to change.” “. She was killed on September 21 at a demonstration in Karaj, near Tehran, and became, like several other women, one of the martyrs of the regime’s oppression.

Amnesty International says it has identified 52 of those killed, five women and six children. According to Amnesty International, Hadis Najafi was shot at point-blank range with buckshot wounds to the face, neck and chest.

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The security forces responded to anti-regime slogans and scenes of women’s veils being torn off, which is obligatory in the Islamic Republic, with deadly force that raises the question of intent to kill, estimates the Organization for the Defense of Human Rights. “We lost Hadis, but we are not afraid of anything,” his sister said in video captured by the family.

“My daughter was murdered because of the veil, for Mahsa Amini,” her mother adds in this video.

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No political engagement before the protests

The women killed in the repression had no known political involvement and took to the streets to take part in a mobilization that their families said seemed to offer them a glimmer of hope for the first time.

“Women were at the forefront of this movement and the very first demonstration was organized by Kurdish women,” said Roya Boroumand, director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (ABC) in Washington, which works to promote human rights in Iran.

The funeral of Mahsa Amini in her town of Saqqez in Iranian Kurdistan (Northwest) led to the first scenes of women removing their veils, a taboo in the Islamic Republic.

The security forces “didn’t wait for the movement to get out of hand to fire,” adds Roya Boroumand.

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Minou Majidi, 62, was shot dead during a demonstration in Kermanshah (northwest) on September 20, according to the Kurdish human rights organization Hengaw, based in Norway.

In pictures that have gone viral, one of her daughters poses next to her bareheaded grave, her hair cut.

Ghazaleh Chelavi, 32, a keen mountaineer, was shot dead the same day in Amol near the Caspian Sea (north), according to multiple social media loops posting videos of her funeral.

Also on September 20, Hannaneh Kia, 23, was killed in Nowshahr in the same region, according to her family and activists. Two of her friends told Amnesty International that they were shot at while returning from a doctor’s appointment.

Sarina Ismaïlzadeh from Karaj, like Hadis Najafi, was only 16 when she died from batons to the head on September 23, Amnesty International said.

Nika Shahkarami, also 16, disappeared on September 20 after attending a protest in Tehran, her aunt Atash Shahkarami said on social media.

Only on October 1, the family were allowed to see his body to bury him on his 17th birthday in his city of Khorramabad (west), his aunt said.

However, authorities secretly buried her in another village on Monday to prevent her funeral from sparking new demonstrations, according to the BBC in Persian and the media Iran Wire.

“It’s not over yet,” said Roya Boroumand. “As long as people take to the streets, they will continue to be arrested and shot, and the population has no other way of expressing their displeasure.”

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