Tara Sepehri Far, Iran and Kuwait Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
Sussan Tahmasebi, Executive Director, FEMENA
Sanam Vakil, Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Ellie Geranmayeh, Deputy Director, MENA Programme, ECFR
Over a month ago, the death of a young woman – Mahsa Amini – while in police custody, triggered protests across Iran. What started as a movement demanding accountability for her death, quickly evolved into demonstrations calling for regime change. Weeks on, protests and acts of civil disobedience continue inside Iran – with women and youth in the forefront. Iran’s state authorities have responded through brutal force, with human rights organisations estimating that over two hundred people have died, with thousands arrested.
The Twitter Space by @ECFRmena will consider the important lessons learnt from the past month of protests inside Iran, where these may be heading and how Western actors and international organisations should respond.