US condemns death of Iranian woman in religious police custody

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The US State Department has condemned the custodial killing of an Iranian woman when she was detained for wearing a head covering.

Outrage over the death of Mahsa Amini is growing domestically inside Iran, according to reports from opposition groups as well as around the world.

The 22-year-old’s death last Friday has sparked a new wave of resistance against Iran’s religious police and ethics rules, including some prominent left-wing members of the country’s parliament. According to anti-government sources, protests have started in dozens of cities across the country.

A spokesman for Joe Biden’s National Security Council told reporters: “The death of Mahsa Amini following injuries sustained in police custody due to improper wearing of the hijab is a horrific and serious insult to human rights.” “Our thoughts are with Mahsa’s family and loved ones.”

“Women in Iran should have the right to wear whatever they want, free from violence or oppression. Iran must end its use of violence against women in order to exercise their fundamental freedoms,” he continued. There should be accountability for that.”

In the US, protests continued with renewed vigor outside the UN headquarters as well as a nearby hotel where Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi is staying as he attends a meeting of the General Assembly. Thousands of protesters gathered on the streets on Wednesday demanding justice.

Anti-racial protesters on the streets of New York City

“No one can and should not remain silent about the barbaric killings of young 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by this brutal regime,” said Dr Ramesh Sephard, advisor president of the Organization of the Iranian-American Community.

Maryam Rajavi, the elected chair of Iran’s National Resistance Council, said Ms Amini’s death “ignited a powder keg in our rebel cities”.

“Indeed, the moment this killer enters the building that is supposed to serve the nations of the world, it is a moment of shame and humiliation for those who appease the ruling religious fascism, a moment Which scares the conscience of humanity,” said Ms. Rajvi, Mr. Raisi’s upcoming speech at the Mahasabha.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for an investigation into Ms Amini’s death and alleged torture, so at least some people in the body seem to agree.

The Biden administration is engaged in talks with Iran’s leadership regarding a possible resumption of the 2015 nuclear deal signed between the Obama administration, Tehran and a handful of European countries.

Senators of the Committee on Foreign Relations told independent on Tuesday that he had no update on the status of those talks, which are vehemently opposed by more staunch members of Congress.

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