The figure is staggering: more than 300 people died in Iran due to government repression to the demonstrations for the death of the young Mahsa Amini.
The ONU denounced a “hardening” of the response of the security forces and called on the Iranian authorities to impose an immediate moratorium on the death penalty.
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“The growing number of deaths due to the demonstrations in Iran – including those of two children this weekend – and the tightening of the response of the security forces underline the critical situation in the country”, the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, told reporters in Geneva.
“We urge the authorities to respond to the demands of the population regarding equalitydignity and rights, instead of using unnecessary or disproportionate force to suppress the demonstrations,” spokesman Jeremy Laurance said, the AFP news agency reported.
The death of Amini that triggered the protests
Amini, 22, died on September 16 in a Tehran hospital after being detained three days earlier by police in the Iranian capital. for wearing the veil wrong with which women must cover their heads and chests in Iran in compliance with Islamic laws.
Authorities said he died of natural causes. due to a pre-existing pathology, but her family affirms that she was a healthy young woman and have suspicions that she was beaten For the police.
Amini’s death In addition to the protests in the streets, he unleashed others on the networksto which hundreds of Iranian women uploaded images of themselves unveiled and even cutting their hair.
The UN request to reduce violence
”More than 300 people, including 40 children, were killed by security forces since the start of the protests in Iran. The High Commissioner considers the situation critical,” said the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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Yesterday, the Tehran judiciary announced that two actresses, Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, were arrested accused of having made publications “provocative” -that is, without a veil- on social networks.
The news portal Human Rights Activists News Agency (Hrana) estimates that more than 15,000 people went to the police, temporarily or until now, since the outbreak of the protests.
With information from Télam and AFP.