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12 Students Summoned In Iran On Eve Of Mahsa Amini's Anniversary

Friday, 08/11/2023

As the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death at the hands of the hijab police gets nearer, a wave of heightened security measures has surged across universities.

Reports have emerged that security authorities, under undisclosed identities, have reached out to several students including those from Tarbiat Modarres University. A total of 12 students have been summoned to report to the Ministry of Intelligence and sign pledge documents. The summoned students have not been informed of the rationale behind their summonses, and the legal foundation for these actions remains unclear.

Student union councils across the country assert that security is heightening as the first anniversary of Amini’s death approaches on September 16th.They insist that these moves indicate the regime's apprehension regarding potential student-led protests.

In a parallel development, sources have revealed that security institutions within the Islamic Republic have initiated a similar campaign of summoning individuals detained during last year's protests. These individuals have been coerced into pledging not to engage in any form of public or virtual activism during the second week of September, the time when Amini died a year ago. Failure to comply with these directives has been met with the threat of arrest.

A recent report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights disclosed that a minimum of 20,000 individuals were arrested by agents of the Islamic Republic during the revolutionary uprising, either for their active participation in the protests or for their support of the movement. Although some of these detainees were provisionally released on bail, their cases remain unresolved.

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