Oxford Students organise campaign ‘Against Repression in Iran’

A group of Oxford Students from Iranian backgrounds have formed a campaign group, ‘Oxford Students Against Repression in Iran’, in order to coordinate Oxford Students wishing to stand up to the repression shown in Iran towards women and young girls. 

Pages on both Instagram and Twitter have already begun sharing posts from students and others who have spoken out against the repression of women in Iran and the failure of some to stand up against it.

Their press statement which has been received by the Oxford Student begins by condemning the use of “state violence” by the Islamic Republic of Iran. This comes following widespread protests which have engulfed the country and echoed around the world following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini

The group stand in solidarity with the protesters, many of which are young people and University students, calling on students and young people around the world to raise awareness for the plight of those suffering at the hands of the Iranian Government. Indeed, their statement includes a direct message towards the protesters, saying that the group is “inspired by (their) courage”.

…calling on students and young people around the world to raise awareness for the plight of those suffering

They particularly recommend people to contact their local MPs or Representatives to condemn the violence which has been used to suppress protests. In addition, they recommend fellow students to contact their University Administrations and urge them to join in condemning the particular attacks against students which have occurred in Iran.

So far their campaign aims centre around the importance of raising awareness and educating other students on the very topical issues. Importantly their statement ends with their hope that the protests will help to “build a free Iran based on democracy and equality for all”. 

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