Empowering Darya Safai: Defying Extremism and Championing Freedom in Belgium
Darya Safai (born 7 April 1975) is an human rights activist. In 2014 she founded the group ‘Let Women Enter Their Stadiums’ to strive for the right of women to attend sport games in stadiums.
Darya Safai, an Iranian representative in the Belgian Parliament, recently revealed that he received threats on his life, allegedly from Islamists. The Belgian police reportedly informed him about the danger and advised him to remain vigilant. Safai linked the threats to the promotion of extreme Islamism by the Islamic Republic of Iran in Belgium and across Europe.
In an interview with Iran International on December 9, Safai stated that the frequency of death threats against him has increased since the Israel-Hamas conflict. He emphasized that the Islamic Republic is responsible for fostering radical Islamism in Europe and warned that Iran’s government might be using the guise of supporting Palestine to target its opponents indirectly.
Safai, who has been under police protection since June, asserted his right to criticize any ideology, including Islam, Communism, or Nazism. He expressed determination to combat terrorism and intimidation, drawing from his personal experience of imprisonment in the ayatollahs’ prisons.