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Iran - August 2022

New decree further restricts how women can dress

President Ebrahim Raisi signed an order on 15 August to enforce the country’s dress code law, including a new list of restrictions. The new law came amid recent reports that authorities are increasingly cracking down on women deemed to be in violation of wearing the hijab, with numerous protests and television confessions of women showing signs of torture.

The notorious Guidance Patrols, or morality police, have become increasingly active and violent. In recent weeks, women judged to be in non-compliance have been barred from entering government offices, banks, or riding on public transportation. There are reports of women having been arrested and having suffered physical violence.

Sources: The GuardianIran InternationalRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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