Iran has abolished its morality police after months of protests triggered by the loss of life of Mahsa Amini, based on studies.
“Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary” and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying by Iran’s ISNA information company.
He was additionally cited by the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency. “The same authority which has established this police has shut it down,” Montazeri was quoted as saying.
Newsweek has been unable to independently confirm the claims and has contacted Iran’s Ministry of Justice for remark.
It comes after Montazeri mentioned Iran was reviewing the decades-old legislation that requires ladies in Iran to cowl their heads. “Both parliament and the judiciary are working (on the issue)” of whether or not the legislation wants any modifications, he mentioned.
Protests in Iran first erupted in September after the loss of life of 22-year-old Amini.
She was detained by Iran’s morality police in Tehran for violating the nation’s strictly enforced Islamic costume code due to her allegedly unfastened scarf, or hijab. Amini was reportedly crushed after her arrest and died three days later.
According to the nation’s authorities, Amini died of a coronary heart assault and she or he was not mistreated whereas in custody.
The protests triggered by Amini’s loss of life shortly morphed into essentially the most severe problem to Iran’s theocracy since its institution within the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Many Iranians considered Amini’s loss of life as a part of the Islamic Republic’s heavy-handed policing of dissent and the morality police’s more and more violent remedy of younger ladies. The unit was established nearly 20 years in the past to implement Iran’s legal guidelines towards immodesty and societal vices.
Some ladies tore off their necessary hijabs, whereas protesters have shouted and brandished slogans towards Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and repeatedly known as for an finish to the Islamic authorities.
At least 470 individuals have been killed because the demonstrations began, and greater than 18,000 have been arrested, based on Human Rights Activists in Iran, an advocacy group following the demonstrations.
The U.S. authorities in September imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police and the leaders of different Iranian authorities businesses.
“These officials oversee organizations that routinely employ violence to suppress peaceful protesters and members of Iranian civil society, political dissidents, women’s rights activists, and members of the Iranian Baha’i community,” the Treasury mentioned in a information launch.
In October, President Joe Biden mentioned the U.S. is “holding accountable Iranian officials and entities, such as the Morality Police, that are responsible for employing violence to suppress civil society.”
Iran has blamed the revolt on overseas enemies, together with the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel.
“Iran has the most progressive constitution in the world” as a result of it marries “ideals with democracy,” Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi mentioned on Saturday, Reuters reported, quoting an unidentified African lawyer he mentioned he met a number of years in the past.
“The constitution guarantees the (existence) of the Islamic system,” he mentioned, including that it additionally “guarantees fundamental rights and legitimate freedoms.”