Amnesty International urging UN Human Rights Council member states to urgently establish an investigative and accountability mechanism on Iran to address the alarming spike in unlawful killings and other human rights violations, following a week in which the Iranian security forces shot dead at least 60 protesters, mourners and bystanders, including children. Security forces are ruthlessly persisting in their widespread use of unlawful lethal force, exposing a clear intent to kill or maim protesters in their quest to quell the popular uprising at any cost. Since 15 November, they have also intensified their exclusive use of live ammunition to disperse protests in provinces populated by Kurds and other oppressed ethnic minorities.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Sunday, November 20, 2022
IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS
At least 378 people including 47 children and 27 women have been killed by security forces in the ongoing nationwide protests.
As the number of slain rapidly rises, Islamic Republic forces refuse to accept responsibility and attribute the killings to terrorist and foreign groups. Iran Human Rights warns of this disinformation campaign escalating in the days leading to the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Iran on November 24. The Organisation also reiterates the importance of establishing an accountability mechanism under UN supervision to prevent further killing of protesters.
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Egyptian-British prisoner of conscience and prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah is held incommunicado, amid the authorities’ refusal to allow his family or lawyer to see or contact him.
In a letter to his family on 31 October, he announced escalating his prolonged hunger strike by stopping any calorie intake on 1 November and water consumption on 6 November.
After days in agony waiting for a letter from him at the gates of Wadi al-Natrun prison, on 10 November, a security officer told his mother that he is undergoing a “medical intervention”. He provided no further details about his location and wellbeing and instructed her to no longer come. On 10 November, security officials denied Alaa’s lawyer access to see him despite a visit authorization by the public prosecution.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Amnesty International has drawn attention to Iranian security forces unlawfully killing at least 18 protesters, bystanders and worshippers, including two children, and injuring scores of others during a deadly crackdown on largely peaceful protests after Friday prayers in the city of Khash, Sistan and Baluchistan province, on 4 November. This latest deadly incident in Sistan and Baluchistan province reveals that protesters from the oppressed Baluchi minority have borne the brunt of the security forces’ particularly vicious crackdown on demonstrations. Ahead of protests expected after Friday prayers tomorrow, Amnesty International reiterates its call on the international community to take urgent action to stop further killings of protesters Sistan and Baluchistan province and across the rest of Iran. The UN Human Rights Council must help break this cycle of systemic impunity by establishing an independent investigative and accountability mechanism to investigate crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations committed in Iran or risk yet more unlawful killings under their watch.
More than 760,000 people across 218 countries and territories have added their voices to petitions calling for the establishment of an independent UN mechanism to conduct investigations as a step towards pursuing accountability for the most serious crimes under international law committed in Iran, Amnesty International said today. On 2 November, Nazanin Boniadi, a British-Iranian actor and Amnesty International UK Ambassador, conveyed people’s demands for immediate action by the UN Human Rights Council to United Nations officials in New York. Amnesty International national entities across the world also delivered petitions to their ministries of foreign affairs. “The people of Iran continue to courageously protest and call for the end of widespread repression and the establishment of a political system that respects equality and upholds human rights. Will member states of the UN Human Rights Council respond to the cries of people in Iran and activists across the globe to urgently establish an international mechanism on crimes committed by the Iranian authorities?” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.