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“Women, Life, Freedom”: Volt stands in solidarity with Iranian women and calls for an end to violence by the government!

Sep 30, 2022, 10:59 PM

On September 13th, Jina Mahsa Amini, a 22 year old Kurdish woman, was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for not wearing the hijab properly in accordance with the Islamic Republic’s laws. In their custody, the young woman was severely beaten and eventually died.

In the wake of Jina Mahsa Amini’s death, protests erupted of unprecedented intensity and spread across the whole country like a wildfire. What started as a protest against the mandatory hijab rules (in effect since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979) and for women’s rights, has become something much larger: people are standing up against the authoritarian regime and years of oppression, human rights violations and arbitrary arrests.

Despite the regime’s notoriously violent crackdown on political opposition, Iranians have risen up against the regime before. In 2009, the Green Revolution was sparked by rigged elections and, more recently, protests have regularly flared up against the backdrop of a deteriorating economy. The scale and nature of the current protests, however, are extraordinary. Grief and anger have unified young and old, men and women, different faiths and different backgrounds. Women are publicly burning their hijabs and cutting off their hair as an emancipatory act of protest. People are chanting “Women! Life! Freedom!”, “We are all Mahsa, we are all in this fight together” and “Death to the dictator”, referring to the supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei. Police vehicles, symbols of the violent harassment of women, are set on fire. While women and young people in their 20s are leading the protests, Iranians in the country and outside have united behind them not only in solidarity but fighting for their own fundamental rights and freedom.

Although the protesters are unarmed, the government is using excessive violence, including live ammunition, and most recently deployed the army to crack down on the uprising while severely restricting internet access. Thousands of arrests and dozens of killings have been reported. Undeterred, the protests continue, supported by more and more Iranian celebrities, actors, artists and athletes, and are spreading globally. Demonstrations take place outside the UN General Assembly and Iranian embassies, as well as in cities across the world. The attempt of the regime to silence and discredit the protesters makes the response and solidarity of the international community all the more crucial. Volt Europa strongly condemns the violence by the regime and fully supports the fight of all Iranians for equal rights and freedom.

Photo: Women in Iran Burn Headscarves in Anti-hijab Protests Credit: World Opinions / Twitter

Let us all amplify the voices of Iranians by collectively shedding light on their fight, sharing carefully researched information on social media, joining protests and calling our representatives to action. We call on media outlets not to give a stage to the Iranian regime’s narrative but instead to provide a platform to Iranians and human rights experts. Moreover, governments should urgently investigate the corporations that facilitate censorship and restrict access to social media. We call on our governments to immediately halt deportations of Iranian asylum seekers and to impose sanctions on regime officials. Also, our governments need to press for the prosecution of Iranian officials involved in the violation of human rights and the payment of reparations to victims or their relatives.

Change is possible. With each day of protests and each courageous woman walking the streets unveiled, the newfound self-confidence of Iranians becomes more and more irreversible. Volt Europa stands in solidarity with the citizens of Iran on their path to freedom!

Women Rights are Human Rights!

Call to Action!

8.9.2022

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS STRASBOURG

JUDGMENT Art 3 Failure to effectively investigate alleged death threats against vulnerable rape victim

The female victim was only 17 years old as she got some death threats from her abuser. She called the emergency help line and reported the case to the police. But the police didn’t do any investigation about it. 

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This is only one more of many, many examples, how the Croatian authorities and government organizations are ignoring Women and Human Rights.

We already wrote about the big problem with Women Rights (The Right of Abortion) in Croatia.

And now we want to go to the action!

So please support us!

Please go to our You Tube Channel, subscribe to our channel and leave some comments there.

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And please visit our Facebook account and follow it too.

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Thank you very much!

#Dosta 

#GiveWomenAchoice 

#WomensRights 

#AbortionCampaign 

#SafeAbortions 

#MyBodyMyChoice

The Right of Abortion - Call to Action!

19.8.2022

380.000 times “It is enough!”

Huge protests in Croatia are going on!  

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In Croatia women does have the legal right to have an a abortion. But lot of hospitals and doctors just refuse to do abortion. 

Why?

Official Version is: Because the doctors are using their “right to conscientious objection”.

But most of the people in Croatia know the real reason: The power of the hospitals and doctors has the most powerful Party (HDZ) in Croatia on their back. HDZ is the ruling Christian-democrat and conservative party that controls almost everything in Croatia. That means hospitals and doctors too. 

But abortion is not a political question! It is all about health and it is about the right of women to own their own body.

Also the women in Croatia have enough (Dosta je!) of being ignored. 

Now they stand up with HUGE SUPPORT! 

The second biggest political party in Croatia SDP (social democrats) with Možemo! (Green-Left) joined the protests and they want to put the right to abortion into the Croatian constitution now. 

But the Croatian government (dominated by Christian-democrat and conservative party HDZ) rejected that proposal.    

So SDP and Možemo want to force the government to organize a referendum in Croatia about this issue in the next few months. 

And Volt Croatia is going to support them. 

First of all we are going to need 380.000 signatures from Croatian Voters. And about 100.000 of them are living abroad in the EU. 

After collecting 380.000 signatures the government has to organize a referendum. 

To achieve that goal we are going to need your help too!

And we are going to have only 14 days to collect the whole 380.000 signatures. 

So please support us!

We are already preparing everything for the start of collecting signatures.

The start is probably going to be on the 1st of October. 

On You Tube and Facebook we are going to publish the exact opening date for collecting signatures.

So it would be good for Volt Croatia and for the whole action to have as many subscribers/followers on You Tube and Facebook as possible.

Then we can inform everybody very, very quickly about the exact opening date for collecting signatures.    

Also please go to our You Tube Channel, subscribe to our channel and leave some comments there.

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And please visit our Facebook account and follow it too!

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Thank you very much!

Volt Croatia Team

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