Canada expresses concern over the report of the death of an Iranian teenager

Canada has expressed concern over a BBC World report detailing the alleged attack and killing of 16-year-old Nika Shakarami by Iranian security forces during the crackdown on the hijab.

Shakarami became a prominent figure in the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising after her death in 2022, which took place amid nationwide protests. She was arrested after she was filmed burning her hijab.

“Canada reiterates its strong opposition to the suppression of human rights, including the rights to freedom of assembly and association, and we continue to stand with the Iranian people as they demand justice and full respect for their human rights,” a statement said. Global Affairs Canada Corporate A spokesperson told Mahsa Mortazavi of Iran International.

The spokesperson also told Iran International Canada reiterates its strong support for the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Iran, charged with independently investigating the human rights violations associated with the protests that began in September 2022, with a particular focus on women and children. .

A recent BBC Investigations have uncovered a “highly confidential” document that implicates three security personnel in the direct assault and murder of Shakarami. The investigation revealed a disturbing series of events that led to her death, including an officer forcibly restraining her while others sexually assaulted her and beat her with batons. Despite her resistance, the attack ended fatally, and the regime later falsely claimed that she had committed suicide.

Shakarami’s death followed shortly after the death of Mahsa Amini who was in the custody of the morality police for defying hijab laws, sparking nationwide protests. The Iranian government continues its crackdown on the mandatory headscarf, while the oppression of women and girls, labeled by the UN as ‘gender apartheid’, continues to worsen.