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SGA releases statement regarding Jîna Mahsa Amini’s death and the current events in Iran

The Student Government Association released a statement on Oct. 5, expressing “grave solidarity towards the citizens who are outraged and frightened” in Iran over the recent protests and killings within the country.

“Jîna Mahsa Amini’s murder is not an isolated incident,” the statement said, “The Iranian ‘morality police’ have a lengthy history of killing women over minor offenses, often beating them to death and misrepresenting information in their reports to cover up their misdeeds.”

The statement also highlighted the sentencing of two women, Elham Choubdar for “committing corruption on Earth,”  and Zara Sedighi Hamedani for “promoting homosexuality,” according to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

The SGA said in the statement that they plan to hold a meeting with the Gender Equity Commission and PRIDE to write letters to news outlets “encouraging them to give more of a platform” to those such as Choubdar and Hamedani. 

The statement said SGA hopes that “with enough public outrage, Iran will comply with the U.N.’s plea deal and stay their executions.”

Anyone who wishes to be involved in SGA’s efforts should contact

Emma Thumann can be reached at


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