Webinar on March 30 - After Mahsa: Human rights in Iran

After Mahsa: Human rights in Iran

On September 16, three days after she was arrested by the morality police for allegedly violating regulations governing the use of the hijab, a 22-year-old Iranian woman from the Kurdish minority died in hospital after collapsing in a detention centre. Mahsa Amini’s death prompted massive waves of protests across the country, with many calling for political change. Women and youth lead the charge as they chanted “woman, life and freedom.” As Professor Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran has put it, “Conditions that led to the death of Amini could no longer be tolerated and the violation of the fundamental right, for women, to speak and dress freely seemed more urgent than ever. The barrier of fear had been overcome and a movement was born.” The protests have been met by a brutal crackdown by Iranian authorities.

In March 2023, UNSR Javaid Rehman will present his latest findings to the UN Human Rights Council and, days later, will join HRREC Assistant Director Viviana Fernandez, Professor Christopher Waters and the Transnational Law and Racial Justice Network (TLRJN) at Windsor Law, and Oonagh E. Fitzgerald of the International Law Association’s Canadian Branch, for a webinar on the troubling human rights situation in Iran. HRREC Fellow Dr. Omid Milani will provide commentary following Professor Rehman’s talk, and there will be a moderated question and answer session for participants joining this free webinar.

Javaid Rehman

Our speaker

Javaid Rehman

In 2018, Professor Javaid Rehman was appointed as the third Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran since re-establishment of the mandate. Javaid Rehman is a Professor of International Human Rights Law and Muslim Constitutionalism at Brunel University, London. He Rehman teaches human rights law and Islamic law and continues to publish extensively in the subjects of international human rights law, Islamic law and constitutional practices of Muslim majority States. As a human rights lawyer, Mr Rehman has also provided legal opinions in various high-profile cases in a number of jurisdictions.


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Date and time
Mar 30, 2023
All day
4 pm — 5:30 pm
Format and location
Webinar on Zoom
Organized by
in partnership with the Transnational Law and Racial Justice Network (TLRJN) at Windsor Law, and the International Law Association Canada (ILA Canada)