No details, but a statement: the demonstrations that have been shaking the Islamic Republic of Iran for more than two months are instrumented by “external adversaries” and not by the anger of a population that opposes its leaders and regime.
Iranian justice announced on Tuesday the arrest in two months of “40 foreign nationals” accused of involvement in the “riots” that erupted days after the death of Mahsa Amini, a young 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who died on September 16, three days after arrested by the police, who accused him of violating the strict dress code for women in a harsh country.
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Judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayechi, who gave a televised press conference, did not indicate the nationality of these foreigners, the date and place of these arrests, or the follow-up. In early October, Iranian authorities announced the arrest of nine foreigners, including those from Poland, Italy and France, on charges of links to the protest movement.
So far, “2,432 people” accused of being involved in the “riots” have been sentenced in Iran, Setaechi added. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, thousands of people were arrested and more than 300 people were killed, including more than 40 children. Norway-based Iran Human Rights NGO (IHR) counted at least 378 killed, including 47 children.
Only last weekend during the riots killed six people, including two 16-year-olds. UN human rights chief Volker Türk said the rising death toll from the protests in Iran, including two children over the weekend, and the tougher response from security forces highlight the country’s critical situation,” spokesman Jeremy Lawrence said in a statement. regular press briefing time. in Geneva.
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“We call on the authorities to respond to people’s demands for equality, dignity and rights, and not to use unnecessary or disproportionate force to suppress protests,” he added. He pointed out that “the lack of accountability for gross violations of human rights in Iran persists and contributes to the growth of discontent.”
Concerns about transferring bodies
The High Commission calls for the release of “all persons detained in connection with the exercise of their rights, including the right to peaceful assembly, and for the charges against them” and also calls on Iran to “immediately impose” a moratorium on the death penalty.
The High Commission is particularly concerned about the tightening of repression in Kurdish cities. More than 40 people were reportedly killed there last week alone, and an important security device was deployed there. “Overnight, we received reports that security forces responded violently to protests in several predominantly Kurdish cities, including Javanrud and Saqqez,” the spokesman continued.
The UN also considers Iranian authorities’ refusal to return the bodies to their families “particularly disturbing” and that they condition the return of the bodies on the condition that the families do not speak to the media or agree to give a false version of the cause of death. Many families were unable to bury their loved ones in the cemetery of their choice and had to make false claims to calm the situation.