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The United States condemns the Iranian authorities’ violent assault and unjust detention of several human rights defenders during the October 29 funeral for 16-year-old Armita Geravand, who died after reportedly being assaulted on the Tehran metro for not wearing a hijab. 

Among those arrested at Armita Geravand’s funeral was renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, as well as several other peaceful activists.  The United States calls for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of Ms. Sotoudeh and others detained unjustly by the regime. 

We once again condemn the Iranian regime’s horrific treatment of its own people, including its campaign of violence against the women and girls of Iran.  The United States will continue to stand with the brave people of Iran and work with the international community to hold the regime accountable for its human rights abuses at home and abroad. 

U.S. Department of State

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