The parents of Jina Mahsa Amini have announced that they will commemorate the first anniversary of their daughter’s death at her grave in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province.

In a statement posted on the Instagram account of Jina Mahsa Amini’s father, Amjad Amini, Mojgan Eftakhari and Amjad Amini addressed their “esteemed compatriots” and “dear sisters and brothers” to announce the details of the event.

The Amini family said they would gather at their daughter’s resting place to hold a traditional and religious commemoration.

The announcement emphasised the importance of observing non-violence during the commemoration and urged participants to refrain from any violent actions or reactions.

Since the loss of their daughter, the Amini family has faced pressure from state security institutions to declare her death a natural death and to refrain from public commemorations.

Despite this pressure, the family remains determined to honour Jina’s memory and continue their quest for justice.

In a related development, Safa Aeli, Jina’s uncle, was arrested by security forces in Saqqez last week.

Ceremonies held for Jina Mahsa Amini’s burial and the 40th day of her death led to the largest protest rallies of last year, which many see as the starting point of the uprising.

The funeral, held at the Aichi cemetery in Saqqez, was a powerful show of solidarity, with many women removing their headscarves and chanting “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi” (meaning woman, life, freedom in Kurdish).

This chant became the rallying cry for the subsequent protests in various cities across Iran.

Jina Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested by the morality police in Tehran on 13 September.

Three days later, on 16 September, she passed away in Tehran’s Kasra Hospital as a result of head injuries sustained during her arrest.