2022-12-15 12:42:59

Women’s Rights Activist on Protests Sweeping Iran, the Intensifying Gov’t Crackdown & Executions

Human rights groups say over 14,000 people have been arrested across Iran since protests began in September following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. At least 400 people have reportedly been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, and multiple people have been executed. The protests are “the longest sustained protests since the start of the revolution,” says Sussan Tahmasebi, a women’s rights activist and feminist from Iran joining us from Brussels, Belgium, who says women and youth are sick of the status quo and are seeking fundamental freedoms. “Iranians voted multiple times for over two decades for some process of reform … but the state has not given in to those demands,” she says. “What we’re seeing now is the result.” Tahmasebi is the director of FEMENA, an organization that promotes gender equality and supports women human rights defenders, and co-founder of the Iran Civil Society Training and Research Center, as well as the One Million Signatures Campaign, a grassroots effort working to end gender-biased laws in Iran.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues.

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events. Missed an episode? Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips. #FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. #FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Democracy Now! FEMENA Iran Civil Society Training and Research Center Mahsa Amini One Million Signatures Campaign Sussan Tahmasebi

Politics

The David Pakman Show

It Begins: DeSantis Takes a Swipe at Trump

It Begins: DeSantis Takes a Swipe at Trump

The David Pakman Show

NY Prosecutors Presenting Trump Case to Grand Jury

NY Prosecutors Presenting Trump Case to Grand Jury

The David Pakman Show

Lauren Boebert Endorses Donald Trump For President

Lauren Boebert Endorses Donald Trump For President

The Stephanie Miller Show

Taking Notes From Donald Trump

Taking Notes From Donald Trump

Related

Democracy Now!

Standoff at NYC Hotel: Asylum Seekers Protest Relocation & Demand Their Right to Shelter in City

Standoff at NYC Hotel: Asylum Seekers Protest Relocation & Demand Their Right to Shelter in City

Democracy Now!

Tyre Nichols: Advocates Say Police Abolition Is Only Way Forward After Fatal Memphis Police Beating

Tyre Nichols: Advocates Say Police Abolition Is Only Way Forward After Fatal Memphis Police Beating

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — February 1, 2023

Top U.S. & World Headlines — February 1, 2023

Democracy Now!

Rikers Jail Whistleblower Decries Collapse of LGBTQ+ Unit Meant to Protect Trans Detainees

Rikers Jail Whistleblower Decries Collapse of LGBTQ+ Unit Meant to Protect Trans Detainees

Proud Partners