Concern mounts at ‘lethal’ Iran crackdown on protests

Mahsa Amini died three days after she was urgently hospitalised following her arrest by police liable for implementing Iran’s strict gown code for girls

Mahsa Amini died three days after she was urgently hospitalised following her arrest by police liable for implementing Iran’s strict gown code for girls

The United Nations and rights teams expressed concern on Tuesday over what activists described as a deadly crackdown in Iran towards protests over the demise of a younger girl after her arrest by Tehran’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini, 22, died on Friday three days after she was urgently hospitalised following her arrest by police liable for enforcing Iran’s strict dress code for women.

Activists stated she suffered a blow to the pinnacle in custody however this has not been confirmed by the Iranian authorities, who’ve opened an investigation.

There have been protests in Tehran however the fiercest clashes to date have been in Iran’s northern Kurdistan province the place Amini was from, with rights teams saying as much as 4 protesters have been killed to date and dozens extra wounded and arrested.

New York-based Human Rights Watch stated that witness accounts and movies circulating on social media “point out that authorities are utilizing teargas to disperse protesters and have apparently used deadly pressure in Kurdistan province.”

“Cracking down with teargas and deadly pressure towards protesters demanding accountability for a lady’s demise in police custody reinforces the systematic nature of presidency rights abuses and impunity,” stated Tara Sepehri Far, HRW’s senior Iran researcher.

In Geneva, the UN stated performing Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif expressed alarm at Amini’s demise and the “the violent response by safety forces to ensuing protests.”

She stated there have to be an unbiased investigation into “Mahsa Amini’s tragic demise and allegations of torture and ill-treatment.”

‘Cease additional state killings’

The Kurdish human rights group Hengaw, which is predicated in Norway, stated it had confirmed a complete of three deaths in Kurdistan province – one apiece within the cities of Divandareh, Saqqez and Dehglan.

It added that 221 individuals had been wounded and one other 250 arrested within the Kurdistan area, the place there had additionally been a basic strike on Monday.

A ten-year-old woman – photographs of whose blood-spattered physique have gone viral on social media – was wounded within the city of Bukan however was alive, it added.

Photographs posted on social media have proven fierce clashes particularly within the city of Divandareh between protesters and the safety forces, with sounds of stay fireplace.

The Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) group stated that 4 individuals had been killed in protests the place individuals shouted slogans together with “Demise to the dictator” and “Girl, life, freedom”.

“The worldwide neighborhood should not be silent observers of the crimes the Islamic Republic commits towards its personal individuals,” stated IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.

“We name on international locations with diplomatic relations with Iran, the EU specifically, to cease additional state killings by supporting the individuals’s calls for to understand their fundamental rights.”

IHR stated safety forces used batons, teargas, water cannons, rubber bullets and stay ammunition in sure areas “to straight goal protesters and crush the protests.”

The U.N. assertion stated not less than two individuals have reportedly been killed and several other injured.

‘Systemic persecution’

The demise of Amini has induced worldwide consternation, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling Monday “on the Iranian authorities to finish its systemic persecution of ladies and to permit peaceable protest.”

The Islamic headband has been compulsory in public for all ladies in Iran since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution that ousted the shah.

The principles are enforced by a particular unit of police referred to as the Gasht-e Ershad (steering patrol), who’ve the ability to arrest ladies deemed to have violated the gown code, though usually they’re launched with a warning.

In uncommon revealed criticism from inside Iran, Jalal Rashidi Koochi, a member of parliament, instructed the ISNA information company that “Gasht-e Ershad is flawed as a result of it has had no outcome besides loss and harm for the nation,” including that “the primary drawback is that some individuals resist accepting the reality.”

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi plans to journey to New York for the U.N. Normal Meeting this week the place he’s set to face intense scrutiny over Iran’s human rights report.

French President Emmanuel Macron is to carry a uncommon assembly with Raisi later Tuesday in a closing try to agree a deal reviving the 2015 nuclear accord.

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