What type of international response, if any, should be given to the current situation in Iran regarding the Mahsa Amini protests?
9/27/2022 11:31:41 am
I think that what happened to Mahsa Amini was unfair towards her, her family, and women in Iran. The punishment was very harsh and it was unrealistic to kill her because she wore a religious head covering incorrectly. Iran being a theocracy will hold restrictions that align with the nation's religious rules but some minor failure to follow those rules shouldn't make someone be able to be punished by death. I think that there shouldn't be a response from other nations just so that a diplomatic conflict doesn't happen but people should show respect to those who deal with the issues women in Iran are currently facing.
9/27/2022 07:53:49 pm
Other countries should not respond individually to the Mahsa Amini protests in Iran. Let's use Afghanistan for example. Domestic issues weren't resolved within the nation, so as soon as the policing force of the US military left and the Taliban gained control, women's rights receded into the ways they previously were. Similarly, if a country like the US were to intervene and succeed in Iran without Iranian power agreeing with specific resolutions passed, the second the country leaves, all progress will be rescinded. However, this does not change the fact that change is vital for the rights and freedoms of Iranian women to be established. So, a neutral agency that promotes human wellbeing, the United Nations, should issue a statement and pressure Iran into granting women more rights and freedoms, including deciding how they dress. This is so that progress could be made in Iran without it being controlled solely by an external power. So, individual countries should refrain from taking the initiative to promote women's rights in Iran: that change has to come from an internal source to be effective. The UN should issue a statement promoting women's rights in Iran. For the reasons outlined above, some international action should be taken, but not by individual countries.
9/28/2022 06:20:25 am
What happened to Mahsa Amini was unjust but even so, outside powers should not intervine through standard efforts. It has been shown throughout history that foreign intervention has not worked previously. According to an article from Brookings, "Even the success of NATO’s legitimate interventions is at risk from ethnic conflict, state failure and foreign interference." History has shown many times that issues will usually arise when the interventional government leaves so even if a power such as the US or the UN try to help it probably won't work.
9/28/2022 08:33:56 am
I believe that countries should support women in Iran, but not completely intervene unless something goes completely wrong. General assistance like supplying resources or rallying people living in Iran for protests should be done, but when it comes to directly being involved I think they should do otherwise (unless many more people start dying). I feel like the women of Iran can fight their fight on their own, without the help of foreign forces, along with the fact that there might be diplomatic conflicts between countries if others try to step in, like the conflicts between USA and Russia being heightened because of the Ukrainian invasions (although this outcome was inevitable). The deaths of Iranian woman's rights protestors should always be mourned, and their goals not forgotten by everyone around the world.
9/28/2022 11:18:53 am
I think that there needs to be no international response to this situation happening in Iran. If a world super power like the U.S or the united kingdom were to support and supply the Mahsa Amini protest the objective of making a statement is definitely not to their truest intentional. All they would end up doing is use as an excuse to overthrow the government and replace it with one that they can control and take advantage of. Iran is a country in the middle east that has a lot of petroleum reserves. With all the internal conflict that it is facing it is a perfect opportunity to steal that valuable resource away from them. This is not the first time this type of tactic of overthrowing the government and replacing them with a corrupt dictator that practically works for another country has been done before. It will likely happen again and to the outside world it will just look like the U.S and U.K are just sweet angels that gracefully decided to save Iran.
9/28/2022 01:05:37 pm
9/28/2022 01:04:41 pm
I do not believe that super-power countries like the U.S. and China should be intervening with this matter as much as many people believe they should. Iran as a theocracy follows the rules of it's most prominent religion, Islam, and in recent years these rules have proven to be outdated and the methods used to enforce them horrific. While I do believe there should be support for the people of Iran I also believe it is their job to fight for what they believe to be right. By doing this I think it will create a stronger country by the end of this entire situation with it's people more united. I believe that the previously mentioned super-power countries (the U.S. in particular) should expedite talks of change between the people and the leadership of Iran instead of giving direct militaristic support or pressuring the Iran government into submitting. This may not work and violence and war may have to be initiated but diplomacy should be the first option for change.
9/28/2022 05:06:26 pm
Although the death of Masha Amini has stirred up a want for justice and change because of an unfair killing. It has been established that India has a government based on theoracracy and their people should follow this rules but such cruel punishment for a small mistake is simply inhumane and wrong. I do not think an international approach should be made since conflict between Iran and other powerful countries could easily lead to a greater scale of issues, unless punishment among a masss amount of people occurs. As of now these countries should aid people from Iran through the media or any non-violence or non-offensive way of helping.
9/29/2022 12:02:49 pm
9/28/2022 07:49:49 pm
I believe that there should be an indirect international response to the Masha Amini protests. I don't think that the U.S (Or any other powerful country) Should directly intervene, but they should boost the voices of Women in Iran. For example, Iran shut down most Internet access for its citizens, but currently the U.S is letting tech firms boost internet access in Iran. "The Treasury Department said an updated general license issued Friday authorizes tech firms to offer more social media and collaboration platforms, video conferencing and cloud-based services" (https://www.npr.org/2022/09/23/1124726680/us-boosts-tech-access-iran-protests-mahsa-amini). This isn't directly responding to the situation, but it's helping people protesting in Iran, which is a good thing.
9/28/2022 08:07:50 pm
In response to the current situation in Iran regarding the Mahsa Amini protests, I believe the global community should raise awareness to those who are uneducated about the situation, and provide support to those who may be directly affected by the current situation in Iran.
9/28/2022 08:12:36 pm
Although what happened to Mahsa Amini should have some type of consequence, I don't believe other countries should intervene with the situation. As shown throughout history, countries with greater power like the US or UK who interfere with foreign affairs often make the problem worse than it already is. What I do believe is that these countries should support these struggling women. By providing support, women of Iran will be able to successfully fight against Iran's incredibly outdated policies and laws.
9/28/2022 08:53:52 pm
I believe there should not be an international response towards Mahsa Amini's protest, although her death was cruel and barbaric, communicating with the Iranian government could be dangerous and would possibly start some arguments/complications, as they would believe we know nothing of their religion or the importance of a hijab. Riots and protests have already taken place in Iran along with the contribution of many people across the world supporting her and her family from the shadows by using the #mashaamini on twitter and gaining over two million mentions. The only international response other people should give is support.
9/28/2022 09:25:22 pm
No international response should be given to the current situation in Iran regarding the Mahsa Amini protest. This is a major time for Iran not only for women's rights and freedom of speech, but the entire government system itself. The current government system enforces religious ideals on its population, this is an issue because people might not practice Islam or might practice a variation that Iran accepts. If the protests in Iran are successful, the entire system might change to a more equal state. If external powers attempt to “help” Iran in these vulnerable times, the people will not be able to speak for themselves. While it is okay to pick a side and verbally support it, that is as far as it should go.
9/28/2022 09:30:29 pm
Although Mahsa Amini received a harsh and inequitable death, I believe that other countries should not send an international response to the protest in Iran, but rather empower and strengthen the voices of Iranian women. For instance, as stated by the United Nations, "Iran must repeal all legislation and policies that discriminate on the grounds of sex and gender, in line with international human rights standards" (1). In order for Iran to advance past this issue, it must first change its policies in regards to the treatment and standards of people no matter their gender. This can only happen if women within Iran itself stand up against this issue together rather than having foreign countries intervene in this issue. As it has been seen throughout history, foreign intervention of other countries often leads to more harm than good and sets people back from what they want or are trying to accomplish within their country. However, while direct intervention from other countries may not be beneficial, educating and uniting people (especially women) on the protests in Iran may have a more positive impact as it uniting others against a common issue through a more indirect intervention. Even though countries should not express a direct response to this issue, they can still respond to the situation by empowering women and uniting them against this matter.
9/29/2022 02:44:51 am
Although other countries should raise awareness to the current situation in Iran regarding Mahsa Amini, other countries should not directly intervene because it can lead to conflict between countries. For example, the already strained relations between Russia and the US were practically cut off during the height of the Russia Ukraine war (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/03/08/remarks-by-president-biden-announcing-u-s-ban-on-imports-of-russian-oil-liquefied-natural-gas-and-coal/). If other countries decide to intervene in the situation in Iran they have to understand there may be a rise of conflict with other Islamic countries with similar beliefs to Iran.
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