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Family home of Iranian rock climber who appeared without hijab demolished

Elnaz Rekabi’s family home, which was her home while she competed in international rock climbing events without a hijab has been destroyed.

Mizan, Iran’s official judiciary media agency, stated on Saturday that her brother’s house was destroyed due to its “unauthorised construction” and use of land. This occurred months before the climber participated in an international rock climbing competition.

Anti-government activists claim that the demolition was intentionally targeted. The demolition was not confirmed by Iranian authorities.

The 33-year old did not wear the mandatory headscarf that Islamic Republic female athletes must wear at competitions in October . Later, he said it was “completely accidental”.


This follows a wave in Iran of women taking off their hijabs publicly after the murder of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the morality officers, following her arrest for violating the country’s strict dress code.

Rekabi’s location was the subject of concern immediately following the South Korean competition.

The climber claimed she returned to Iran “according to the plan”. An Instagram post by the athlete describing her appearance without a hijab was accidental, although it wasn’t clear if she wrote it.

Iran’s government regularly pressures activists both at home and abroad. Rights groups often describe these as forced confessions broadcast on state television.

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Iran calls for a review of mandatory headscarf laws

After widespread protests in Iran, and international condemnation of the government, the attorney general of Iran said that they are reviewing the law that requires women cover their heads.

Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, quoted by ISNA news agency, said that: “We are working fast on the issue hijab and are doing our best for a wise solution to this phenomenon which hurts everyone’s hearts.”

He said that a meeting was held with the cultural commission of the parliament and that results would be available “within the next few weeks”.

Image: Protest in Tehran in September. Pic: WANA/Reuters

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Montazeri said that the morality police responsible for the enforcement of the dress code had been “closed”.

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According to a Saturday report by IRNA, Montazeri stated that the force was closed but didn’t give any additional details or whether it was permanent and widespread.

Montazeri said that the judiciary is continuing to monitor community-level behaviour.

Following the death of Ms Amini, and subsequent violent crackdowns on protests, the UK sanctioned the morality police.

Javaid Rehman (UN-appointed independent expert on Iran) stated Tuesday that more than 300 people were killed during the protests, including 40 children.


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