Like many of you, I have been deeply troubled by the unfolding events in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini after her arrest for an alleged breach of the country’s strict dress rules for women. It has been especially concerning for me as a university academic to learn of the violent response to the recent demonstrations at universities throughout Iran. My sympathies are with those who have been affected by both the ongoing violation of women’s rights and by the disproportionate use of force deployed against those exercising their fundamental rights to assemble and protest.
Several members of the King’s community have connections to Iran, and have been offered support during this concerning time. This afternoon the College will also play host to a roundtable discussion organised by the Centre for Geopolitics on the topic of 'Women, Life, Freedom: A Feminist Revolution in Iran and Beyond?' - all are warmly welcome to attend.