Five people have been killed by Iranian security forces during protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death. who was kept in police custodyAccording to the Human Rights Monitor.
The Hango Organization for Human Rights, a Norwegian-registered organization that monitors rights violations in Iran, said five people were fatally shot during demonstrations in Iran’s Kurdish region on Monday. It said another 75 were injured in other cities over the weekend.
The UN’s Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada al-Nasif issued a statement Tuesday expressing alarm over the “violent response”. [Iranian] security forces ”for demonstrations.
Meanwhile, Tehran’s governor, Mohsin Mansouri, accused the protesters of attacking police and destroying public property, claiming in a Twitter post late Monday that the demonstrators were “fully organized and determined to create disturbances in Tehran”. were trained.”
CNN was unable to independently verify reports of deaths and injuries.
The protests started after the death of BelievingA 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in Tehran last week after being arrested by Iran’s ethics police.
Iranian officials said Amini died on Friday after suffering a “heart attack” and falling into a coma following his arrest last Tuesday. However, her family said she did not have a pre-existing heart condition, Emmet News, an Iranian pro-reform media outlet that claimed to have spoken to Amini’s father.
Edited security camera footage released by Iran’s state media shows Amini falling into a “re-education” center, where she was taken to receive “guidance” on her dress.
Iran’s ethics police is part of the country’s law enforcement and is tasked with enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict social rules, including its dress code that mandates women to wear the hijab or hijab in public.
The United Nations Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in its statement on Tuesday that ethics police have expanded patrols on the streets in recent months and women have been subjected to verbal and physical harassment and arrest for wearing a “loose hijab” .
“(OHCHR) has received several more verified videos of violent behavior with women, including slapping women in the face, thrashing them with sticks and throwing them into police vans,” it said.
Al-Nasif said Amini’s death and allegations of torture and abuse “must be investigated promptly, fairly and effectively by an independent competent authority.”
Iranian police said Amini’s death was an “unfortunate incident” and denied that she was physically harmed while in custody, Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars News said on Monday.
Iranian officials said they had conducted a post-mortem on Amini’s body. Mehdi Forozesh, director of Iran’s Forensic Medical Organization, said on state TV on Saturday that the results would be publicized after further investigation by medical experts.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Greater Tehran Police Commander Hussein Rahimi said police had done “everything” to keep him alive.
But the protesters did not accept the police’s explanation. The United Nations said thousands of people took to the streets in cities including Tehran, Isfahan, Karaj, Mashhad, Rasht, Saqqas and Sanandaj to demand justice and accountability.
The semi-official news agency Fars reported that protesters were “not convinced” by the police’s justification for Amini’s death and claimed she died “under torture”.
After Amini’s funeral ceremony on Saturday, security forces fired tear gas at protesters in his hometown of Saqz in Iran’s Kurdistan province, Fars said, while Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said protesters were seeking answers from police. and allegedly threw stones. Governor’s office.
Fars also published a video showing demonstrators protesting in the capital of Kurdistan province, Sanandaj, late on Sunday and shouting slogans against the authorities.
A video shared by the Free Union of Iranian Workers shows protesters in Sanandaj shouting “death to the dictator”. Another video showed women in Tehran taking off their hijabs and waving them in protest.
Separately, internet watchdog Netblox said on Monday that its real-time data was showing “almost complete disruption of internet connectivity in Sanandaj”.