Iranian Woman Who Protested Headscarf Gets 20-Year Sentence

'White Wednesday' campaign unsuccessful as Iranian law cracks down on protesters.

Shaparak Shajarizadeh has been sentenced to 2 yrs prison and 18 yrs probation, 20 yrs total in Iran for removing her headscarf. Her lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been detained since June 13. Both women charged with "national security" crimes. - @ICHRI

By Published on July 10, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf out of protest in December says she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Shapark Shajarizadeh posted on her personal website that she had been jailed for “opposing the compulsory hijab” and “waving a white flag of peace in the street.”

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.

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Police in Iran arrested 29 people in February for removing their headscarves as part of a campaign known as “White Wednesdays.” Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer who represented Shajarizadeh and other women, was arrested last month.

Shajarizadeh, 42, was released on bail in late April. Her current whereabouts were unknown.

In Iran, women showing their hair in public face penalties ranging from a $25 fine to prison time.


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  • Patmos

    The other day a Lebanese tourist in Egypt was sentenced to 8 years for criticizing Egypt in a Facebook post. The charge was something along the lines of trying to ignite public outrage or some such nonsense.

  • Tim Pan

    Thank President Obama. Yes we can!

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