Today is the birthday of Neda Agha Sultan, the girl who was killed with her eyes open and left this world

After being pronounced dead at Shari’ati hospital, Agha-Soltan was buried at the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran; she was denied a proper funeral by government authorities. Her family agreed to the removal of her organs for transplanting to medical patients. The government issued a ban on collective prayers in mosques for Agha-Soltan in the aftermath of the incident. Opposition figure Soona Samsami, the executive director of the Women’s Freedom Forum, who was relaying information about the protests inside to international media outlets, told the foreign press that Agha-Soltan’s immediate family were threatened by authorities if they permitted a gathering to mourn her. Samsami stated, “They were threatened that if people wanted to gather there the family would be charged and punished.”

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January 25, 2023 | 12:31 am