Eye on Iran's Protests - September 28, 2023

Tens of thousands of Iranians who were unjustly detained for their role in the Woman, Life, Freedom movement remain incarcerated. Each week, the regime responds with violence to renewed protests. Since the movement began just over one year ago, more than 500 peaceful protesters have been killed for the cause of freedom in Iran.

This map shows the site of protests over the past two weeks.

UANI launches Project Constellation, a mechanism to raise money for Starlink terminals and their distribution to Woman, Life, Freedom protesters in Iran.

One year ago, the world woke up to the horrifying news about the mass unlawful killings of dozens of men, women, and children by Iran's authorities within the span of a few hours on the evening of September 21, 2022, during the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising.

Israeli Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Gilad Erdan, was temporarily detained by UN security personnel after holding up a photo of Mahsa Amini at the beginning of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Students rip out photos of Iran’s supreme leaders from textbooks.

Authorities in Iran have reportedly arrested 28 people linked to ISIS, who the intelligence ministry says were plotting to target Tehran during the anniversary of nationwide protests sparked last September by the murder of Mahsa Amini.

A German international charity, Malteser, initiated a project to raise money for injured Iranian asylum seekers.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies counts 74 anti-regime protests in Iran between September 21 and September 28.

As Raisi was in New York for UNGA, Iran's parliament passed the hijab and chastity bill with 152 votes in favor, 34 against, and seven abstentions. The bill threatens to impose hefty prison sentences, social media, and travel bans for “mocking” or failing to wear the hijab.

The Iranian Diaspora Collective illuminated a billboard in Times Square to commemorate Nika Shakarami and Sarina Esmailzadeh, both participants in the Woman, Life, Freedom movement who were killed by the regime.

Zahedan has seen protests almost every Friday since September 30 of last year, when security forces killed nearly 100 people in the deadliest incident in the widespread demonstrations sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini.

British-Iranian activist, Nazanin Boniadi, rebuts Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s UN General Assembly remarks, saying, “You speak of justice, but you sir rule over a state that sanctions tortured confessions and denies its own people fair trials and due process.”

One year after the murder of Mahsa Amini, UANI Director Kasra Aarabi writes that the UK "government has done very little to impose any consequences on Khamenei’s regime."

British-Iranian activist, Vahid Beheshti, enters day 218 of a sit-in outside the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, calling on the UK to proscribe the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

"We are far from finished. From the draconian hijab bill to the pro-government vigilantes and the security forces waiting for protesters, no one is safe,” a defiant Iranian woman writes in her diary ahead of the anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death.

A woman without the mandatory hijab is dragged on the street by a group of men.

A woman in Iran rides a skateboard, defying the mandatory hijab rule.