Sahar Khodayari received a 6 month jail term for ‘wearing improper hijab’ after sneaking into a football stadium in Iran.
The persecuted female football fan passed away in the hospital one week after she set herself on fire in protest in front of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. Since 1981, Iran has banned female spectators from football and other stadiums. As a consequence, some women dress as men to access matches, posting photos on social media in protest, and others demonstrate in front of stadiums. This August, Iranian authorities arrested four women, including one award-winning photojournalist, for flouting the stadium ban.
My heart is broken. May Sahar rest in the peace and freedom she was denied by the IRI. And may we carry her voice so that this tragedy is not in vain. https://t.co/QSxjbg0ApE— Nazanin Boniadi (@NazaninBoniadi) September 10, 2019
Sahar’s tragic arrest, jailing, and suicide attempt underscore the need for Iran to end its ban on women attending sports matches, and the urgency for regulating bodies like FIFA to enforce its own human rights rules.
Sahar (#Blue_girl #دختر_آبی), an Iranian girl and a football lover, was sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to enter the stadium, burned himself and died.— شنبليله (@Green_Fenugreek) September 9, 2019
Shame on you for not having sanctioned Iranian football yet. pic.twitter.com/yAZVQaAmqU
On the day of the suicide attempt, Sahar apparently learned from judicial authorities that she would have to serve 6 months in prison. She set herself on fire outside the court. Due to this incident and countless others, activists are urging FIFA to uphold its own human rights rules, end gender discrimination, and punish violators.
Hey @FIFAcom — Today, Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari, 30, died from setting herself on fire after she received a 6 month jail term for sneaking into a stadium.— Masih Alinejad ?️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 9, 2019
We call on all Iranian men to boycott stadiums.We call on football players not to play in honor of Sahar’s memory.
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