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Queen’s supports federal government’s stance on protests and death in Iran

Several hundred Queen’s community members gathered on campus on Friday at noon, joining the ongoing protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in custody in Iran after being arrested by the country’s morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly.

In a statement released Friday, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly condemned the killing and the violent crackdown on protests, saying Amini’s “death was a direct result of the systemic and continued harassment and repression of women by Iran.” Joly added: “women’s rights are human rights. We salute the courage of the Iranian women who are peacefully protesting and we join them in sending the regime a very clear message: they must end all forms of persecution and violence against women.”

Queen’s University supports Minister Joly’s statement.

Resources for those affected by the deaths and protests are available:

  • The International Student Advisor at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) can be contacted at isa@queensu.ca for any questions or concerns.
  • For wellbeing and counselling support, students are encouraged to connect with the Student Wellness Services team To book an appointment: 
    - For students in Ontario: Call 613-533-2506 from 8 am-4:30 pm Monday to Friday to schedule an appointment
    - For students outside Ontario and international locations: Empower Me is available 24/7.