US peace group CODEPINK is calling on the US to respond to the wave of women-led protests in Iran by lifting ‘the brutal sanctions that harm millions of Iranian women every day’.
At least 448 people have been killed by Iranian security forces during the nationwide protests which began with the death of Mahsa Amini in mid-September, the NGO Iran Human Rights reported on 29 November.
In late September, Palestinian-Indian-American journalist Samaa Khullar wrote in Salon: ‘To best support this fight for female liberation, we must listen to their calls for the immediate lifting of sanctions – especially regarding free internet access – and protect their futures.’
Iranian-American academic Sima Shakhsari warned on Truthout in mid-October: ‘The call for “Woman, Life, Freedom” [the slogan of the protests] is not achievable unless there is an end to the deadly sanctions and sanctions profiteering.’
Truthout interviewed left-wing Iranians in the diaspora and concluded: ‘Solidarity With Iranians Starts With Bringing an End to US Sanctions’.