Why aren’t we paying attention to what is happening in Iran?

In the case you read the title of this post and thought to yourself, I actually don’t know what is currently going on in Iran, allow me to inform you that you’re not alone. A vast number of people are entirely unaware of how dire the situation in Iran has become, arguably because media outlets are scarcely reporting it.

I’ll attempt to describe it to you the best I can.

Three months ago, a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini was detained by morality police in Iran for failing to abide by rules pertaining to hijabs, and she died in custody. Following her death, thousands of Iranian women have come forward in protest against Iran’s strict hijab rules and have taken to the streets to burn hijabs and cut their hair.

I’m not sure as to how many protestors have been killed already, but recent figures suggest over 400 people have been murdered, 1160 people have been injured, and roughly 90,000 people are engaged in the protests. The latest information I’ve come across regarding the crisis is that 15,000 people have been sentenced to death for their involvement in the rebellion, and you can reference these numbers here.

I heard about the situation via social media, more specifically an Instagram account I follow called Shit you Should Care About. I consider it to be a little alarming that I found out about such a tremendously violent situation through Instagram as opposed to through a highly recognized and reputable news outlet, and because it seems as though a lot of people are unaware of what is happening in Iran, I think it is safe to say that we need to bring global attention to the matter.

Do your research and please educate yourself on the human rights crisis occurring in Iran as we speak. Some are calling it the largest uprising since the Islamic resolution.

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