North Entrance steps and main entrance of the LUU building

Exec Statement on Mahsa Zhina Amini

On 16 September, “Jîna” Mahsa Amini died while in custody, following her arrest by the Iranian ‘morality police’ for not fully covering her head with a hijab. The authorities claim that Mahsa (Jîna) died from a heart attack. However, reports suggest that she was tortured and beaten by the so-called morality police. Mahsa’s (Jîna’s) story reminds us of the oppression faced by women around the world, being prosecuted and/or inhumanely attacked simply because of the way they choose to dress. It also highlights the clear violation of human rights by the Iranian government. No one should be denied their autonomy – we believe in the right of anyone, no matter their background and identity, to dress as they see fit.