Samstag, 26.11.2022 / 21:04 Uhr

Laut einer Umfrage lehnt die Mehrheit der Menschen im Iran Kopftuchzwang ab

Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Wenig verwunderlich angesichts der Proteste im Iran, aber diese Zahlen zeigen noch einmal, dass die überwältigende Mehrheit der Menschen im Iran den von der Islamischen Republik verhängten Kopftuchzwang ablehnt:

When polled in June 2020 and again in February 2022, our paper shows that Iranians – whether young or old, women or men, living in rural or urban areas – overwhelmingly disagree with the mandatory imposition of the hijab. And 84 per cent of those who oppose the compulsory hijab also want to live under a secular state; an aspiration that has proved impossible under this theocratic regime.

Despite the ongoing internet blackouts, killings and arrests, and credible accounts of kidnappings, torture and intimidation, the Iranian people are actively resisting and bravely continuing their protests on the streets. They show no signs of relenting. I have always said, and I stand by this more so today, that the single most liberating event for the Middle East will come when the Iranian people finally have their freedom.

For the ordinary people of Iran, the values that many may describe as “Western” are in fact their own. Neither they nor their country should be defined by the Islamic Republic. As a great people, whose history and civilisation are rich and varied, it is they and they alone who should define their own future.