The textual content of the next assertion was launched by the Governments of the USA of America, Australia, Canada, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sweden, and the UK.
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The undersigned International Ministers for nation members of the International Partnership for Motion on Gender-Based mostly On-line Harassment and Abuse name consideration to the acute violence confronted by the brave Iranian ladies and ladies who’re main sustained nationwide protests over the tragic dying of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini. Since then, Iranian authorities have continued and even escalated their brutal suppression of protestors, together with by way of their use of technology-facilitated gender-based violence. Girls and ladies have confronted focused on-line harassment and abuse by Iranian authorities, their apparatuses, and establishments as they demand respect for his or her human rights and elementary freedoms. We condemn this ongoing violent crackdown on protestors, together with on digital platforms and thru Web restrictions.
The individuals of Iran depend on social media and different digital instruments to speak and broadcast their messages to the world—all the time, and notably through the ongoing violence perpetrated by Iranian authorities. The ladies and ladies of Iran bravely use these important instruments, whilst Iranian authorities and their supporters misuse and abuse the identical applied sciences in opposition to them, propagating coordinated on-line harassment, abuse, and disinformation campaigns designed to discredit them and silence their protests. This use of violence in opposition to ladies and ladies in public life, which manifests each on-line and offline and is exacerbated by the size, pace, and attain of know-how platforms, is a deliberate tactic leveraged by intolerant actors world wide searching for to halt democratic actions and shore up their very own political energy. Know-how-facilitated gender-based violence threatens the lives, security, and livelihoods of survivors and their households, particularly as on-line and offline violence are sometimes mutually reinforcing.
We invite the worldwide neighborhood to hitch us in urgently working with know-how corporations to do the whole lot of their energy to allow ladies and ladies’ entry to data on-line, notably their full and efficient use of on-line platforms. This contains implementing sensible and proactive measures to fight the abuse of their platforms to threaten, harass, and silence Iranian ladies and ladies by surging assets for Persian (Farsi) language content material moderation and different Iranian languages, making use of insurance policies on harassment and abusive content material in a well timed and constant method, and offering assets and clear reporting choices for these experiencing on-line harassment and abuse. The members of the International Partnership for Motion on
Gender-Based mostly On-line Harassment and Abuse stand in solidarity with Iranian ladies and ladies and can proceed to search for methods to assist ladies globally in exercising their rights freely and safely, on-line and offline.
- Australia Minister for International Affairs, Senator the Hon Penny Wong;
- Canada Minister of International Affairs, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P.;
- Iceland Minister for International Affairs, Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir;
- New Zealand Minister of International Affairs, Hon Nanaia Mahuta;
- Republic of Chile Minister of International Affairs, Ms. Antonia Urrejola Noguera;
- Republic of Korea Minister of International Affairs, Park Jin;
- Sweden Minister for International Affairs, Tobias Billström;
- United Kingdom Secretary of State for International, Commonwealth and Growth Affairs, James Cleverly;
- United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken.