A feminine Iranian rock climber, who didn’t put on a hijab at a world pageant in South Korea, has returned to Iran as Iranian teams founded in a foreign country raised alarms over her destiny again house.
Elnaz Rekabi, 33, competed with out a hijab all over the World Federation of Game Mountaineering’s Asian Championships in Seoul on Sunday. Movies of her dressed in a scarf together with her hair in a ponytail whilst competing unfold on social media.
Rekabi arrived in Tehran early on Wednesday morning, state media IRNA reported. Movies posted to social media display her arriving on the capital’s Imam Khomeini World Airport. She used to be additionally noticed talking to media.
Extra movies posted to social media looked as if it would display crowds amassed each outside and inside of the airport, chanting “Elnaz the hero.”
It’s unclear whether or not Rekabi is below detention or if she is going to face repercussions.
Her go back to Iran comes amid national protests within the nation calling for higher freedoms for girls, following the demise of a 22-year-old lady who died in police custody after her arrest for allegedly dressed in her hijab improperly.
In a tale posted on Rekabi’s Instagram web page on Tuesday, the athlete stated she used to be known as to climb the wall “all of a sudden” which “by accident” created an issue together with her hair masking.
“Because of unhealthy timing and all of a sudden being known as to climb the wall, I inadvertently created an issue with my head masking,” she wrote.
“Apologizing for the concerns that I brought about … recently, in keeping with the pre-determined time table I’m returning to Iran with the group,” the IG tale submit stated.
Iran mandates ladies put on a hijab when formally representing the rustic in a foreign country.
A information web site important of the Iranian regime, IranWire, alleged that Rekabi will likely be transferred to jail upon arrival, prompting rights teams to fret about what would occur to her.
Amnesty World stated Monday it used to be alarmed by way of the possibility of Rekabi’s go back.
“Elnaz Rekabi must no longer be forcibly returned to Iran,” Amnesty stated in a observation, including that “she is at actual possibility of arbitrary arrest, torture, and different ill-treatment for violating the government’ obligatory veiling regulations,” Amnesty wrote.
CNN can’t independently examine stories of Rekabi being pressured to go back to Iran.
The Iranian embassy in Seoul stated that Rekabi departed on Tuesday along side “different individuals of the group” and “strongly denied all of the pretend, false information and disinformation.”
Within the Twitter submit, the embassy posted an image of Rekabi from earlier video games in Russia the place she used to be competing dressed in the hijab.
“It’s understood that every one individuals of the Iranian delegation together with Elnaz Rekabi have already left Korea after attending the game match,” South Korea’s Overseas Affairs Ministry advised CNN in a observation.
“The punishment has already began,” director of Norway-based rights team Iran Human Rights Mahmood Reza Amiry-Moghaddam advised CNN on Tuesday.
“, the truth that she used to be incommunicado for one complete day…after which she simply wrote this one message on her Instagram. So, the drive on her began already from South Korea,” he stated, “I don’t suppose someone believes in what Iranian government say.”
The World Federation of Game Mountaineering (IFSC) stated it’s “totally conscious about information” referring to Rekabi and it’s their “working out” that she is returning to Iran.
“There’s a large number of data within the public sphere referring to Ms Rekabi and as an organisation we’ve been seeking to identify the information. We’ve got additionally been in touch with Ms Rekabi and the Iranian Mountaineering Federation,” a observation by way of the IFSC stated.
“We can proceed to watch the placement because it develops on her arrival,” the observation stated.
Calls positioned to 2 Iranian group coaches recently in Seoul weren’t replied.
Correction: an previous model of this tale incorrectly mentioned the day Rekabi used to be stated to go away Seoul.
CNN’s Hira Humayun and Nada Bashir contributed reporting.