Iran: France condemns the arrest and death of a woman for "wearing inappropriate clothing"

The death of 22-year-old activist Mahsa Amini after her arrest in Tehran for not wearing the veil sparked protests from many Iranian women.

France described on Monday as “deeply shocking” the arrest by Iranian morality police of a young woman and her death in custody, in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The death of 22-year-old Masha Amini, arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothes” by the morality police, responsible for imposing the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code on women, sparked a wave of anger in Iran, where President Ebrahim Raisi has called for an investigation to be opened. Several demonstrations took place Sunday and Monday in the country.

France calls for an investigation

“The arrest and then the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022, in Tehran, at the hands of the Iranian morality police, are deeply shocking. France condemns this arrest and the violence which led to her death and offers its sincere condolences to his family,” said the spokesperson for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

France calls for a “transparent investigation (…) to shed full light on the circumstances of this tragedy”, and reaffirms “its constant and determined commitment, everywhere in the world, to combat and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls”.

Masha Amini fell into a coma three days after her arrest and died in hospital, according to state television and her family. Tehran’s police chief, General Hossein Rahimi, dismissed the accusations of ill-treatment, lamenting “an unfortunate incident”.

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