Protests in Iran

The protests in Iran began after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody, following her arrest for the way she wore her hijab. Around the world, people are calling for gender equality and human rights.

We have compiled some resources for people looking to understand both current events and historical context. All of the books listed below are available through NVDPL.

NVDPL list of recommendations: Companion Reads for the Protests in Iran


News coverage and online resources:

2022 Iran Protests (BBC News)
Up-to-the-minute news, breaking news, video, audio and feature stories on the protests and subsequent government crackdowns from BBC News.

Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran
The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (ABC) is a non-governmental non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran.

Center for Human Rights in Iran
The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to protect and promote human rights in Iran. Headquartered in New York, CHRI is comprised of award-winning journalists, researchers, lawyers, activists, writers, multimedia specialists and advocates based around the world who work to support the basic rights and freedoms of the Iranian people.

Amnesty International – Human Rights in Iran
Amnesty International continues to document serious human rights violations in Iran. Sign up for their mailing list to stay informed.


Books about Iranian women:

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi:

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Napisi:

Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa:

Aria by Nazanine Hozar:

Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi:



Nasrin (documentary):

Taxi (DVD):

Taxi (BluRay):



Manuscripts Don’t Burn: