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Iran's Latest Human Rights Crisis Gets Global Attention

Is Iran on the verge of a full-fledged revolution?

A general view taken on November 24, 2022, shows the assembly during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Iran, at the United Nations in Geneva. (Photo by VALENTIN FLAURAUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Twenty-two-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini's family trip to the Iranian capital turned out to be her last.

While in Tehran, Mahsa Amini was "detained" by the morality police allegedly for wearing the hijab (headscarf) in an "improper" way. Then, on September 16, she was pronounced dead. According to the authorities, she died of a heart attack while in custody, receiving "instruction" on hijab rules. Reports suggest that she fell into a coma three days before her death. Her family and human rights activists allege that she was beaten to death.

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