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Iranian Footballer, Amir Nasr-Azadani Facing Execution In Iran Subsequent To Campaigning For Women’s Right

After advocating for women’s rights during anti-government protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in custody in September after being detained for allegedly failing to adhere to the country’s Islamic dress code, Iranian footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani faces execution in his home country.

On Monday, December 12, the players’ union, FIFPRO, commented on the situation, saying: The news that professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani could be put to death in Iran for advocating for women’s rights and basic freedoms has shocked and disgusted FIFPRO.

“We stand in solidarity with Amir and demand that his punishment be lifted immediately.”

The Islamic Republic executed a man in public on Monday, the second execution of protesters against Iran’s ruling theocracy in less than a week, who had been found guilty, according to state media.

The judiciary’s Mizan news agency stated, “Majid Reza Rahnavard was sentenced to death for “waging war against God” after stabbing to death two members of the security forces.” He was hanged in public in Mashhad, the holy Shi’ite city.

Rahnavard was shown hanging from a construction crane with his hands and feet bound and a black bag covering his head in pictures that Mizan published at dawn of the execution.

Iran’s execution of Rahnavard was condemned by the U.S. State Department on Monday.

“We denounce this cruel treatment with the utmost vehemence.” The purpose of these severe sentences—along with the first public execution—is to frighten the people of Iran. At a briefing, State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated to reporters, “They’re meant to suppress dissent.”

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