For Immediate Release: September 28, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Today, City Councilmember Nithya Raman introduced a resolution condemning the Islamic Republic of Iran for the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini and the violence unleashed on peaceful Iranian protesters demanding justice and accountability for Amini’s death. The resolution further affirms that the City of Los Angeles stands in solidarity with the women leading this human rights movement in Iran and commends them for their bravery and courage in demanding their rights and freedom.

“The women of Iran have a long history of courageously standing up to a regime that routinely dehumanizes and harrasses them for not meeting the standards of a draconian morality code,” said Councilmember Raman. “I am in awe of these women fighting for their humanity on the front lines, demanding justice for Jina Mahsa Amini and freedom from oppression.”

Since the killing of 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini on September 16th, thousands of Iranian women have gathered in protest throughout Iran calling for an end to the repression of Iranian women, the abolition of compulsory dress codes, and justice for Amini and her family. In response, the Islamic Republic of Iran has imposed strict internet censorship and is using live ammunition and plastic bullets in a brutal crackdown on the protests – killing as many as 76 protesters, injuring over 700 protesters, and imprisoning over 1,000 protesters.

“Los Angeles is home to the largest Iranian community outside of Iran and we will not remain silent,” said Councilmember Raman. “We stand with our Iranian friends, family, and neighbors in uplifting the voices of the women demanding their right to live as free citizens.”