ISA’s statement concerning the Iran protests

The death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, at the hands of the “morality police” has sparked widespread protests across Iran, speaking out against the curtailment of women’s rights, abuse of power and corruption, and demanding state accountability. These protests have been met with brutal security crackdown: protesters are being shot at and killed, journalists have been detained, universities have shifted to online platforms (to prevent the gathering of students) , and access to the Internet has been blocked.

We, the members of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association, call for an end to the systemic state violence in Iran and stand in solidarity with our Iranian members and colleagues, and the Iranian protesters fighting for social justice, women’s rights to bodily integrity and autonomy, and freedom of speech and assembly, in the context of increasingly virulent police violence.

We believe the defense of academic freedom, the freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and association, as well as  the responsibility to protect the safety of our colleagues and students are universal causes common to all of us in the global sociology community.

We endorse the public statement issued by the Iranian Sociological Association, as well as the Letter of Solidarity with Iranian Women and Protesters. Below we have listed statements concerning the Iran protests issued by our sister organizations and collectives from both inside and outside of Iran.