Acid Attack in Iran Targets Girls, Young Woman

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Assailants threw acid at three young girls and a woman in Iran towards the end of Ramadan, in reportedly politically-motivated attacks.

The incidents took place in Bukan, in West Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran. All the victims were Kurdish.

The oldest victim, 24-year old Susane Ismaeel Nezhad, a college student, had been threatened and pressured many times by agents from the Iranian  Ministry of Intelligence for her brother’s political activities (outside of Iran), according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)—the largest Iranian opposition group.

A younger woman, the wife of a Kurdish artist, as well as two young sisters, who are part of a the well-known Ma’roufi family – were attacked as well. All the victims were walking on Kurdistan Boulevard.

Sarvnaz Chitsaz, who chairs the NCRI’s Women’s Committee, said the attacks were “carried out by elements of the regime’s organized factions” and were a result of the regime’s loss of power internally, due to signing the nuclear agreement with the six world powers.

“It has been proven once again that providing concessions to the barbarity ruling Iran has to this day reached no objective other than emboldening and giving them a green light to crack down, murder and carry out such crimes,” she said.

Chitsaz, who expressed her deep abhorrence to the attacks, called on all human rights and women’s rights organization to protest the horrific attacks.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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