The bravery of protesters dealing with a spiralling lethal response by the Iranian safety forces over the previous days after the dying of Mahsa Amini reveals the extent of concern in Iran over abusive obligatory veiling legal guidelines, illegal killings, and widespread repression, Amnesty Worldwide mentioned at present.
Proof gathered by the group from the previous two nights of contemporary violence in 20 cities and 10 provinces throughout Iran factors to a harrowing sample of Iranian safety forces intentionally and unlawfully firing dwell ammunition at protesters. With the dying toll reaching at the least 30 individuals, 4 of them kids, the group reiterated its requires pressing international motion, warning of the danger of additional bloodshed amid a intentionally imposed Web black out.
On the night time of 21 September alone, shootings by safety forces left at the least 19 individuals lifeless, together with at the least three kids. Amnesty Worldwide has reviewed photographs and movies exhibiting deceased victims with horrifying wounds of their heads, chests and stomachs.
“The rising dying toll is an alarming indication of simply how ruthless the authorities’ assault on human life has been beneath the darkness of the web shutdown. There is no such thing as a such factor as “an neutral investigation” inside Iran. UN member states should transcend toothless statements, hear the cries for justice from victims and human rights defenders in Iran and urgently arrange an unbiased UN investigative mechanism,” mentioned Heba Morayef, Center East and North Africa Director at Amnesty Worldwide
The anger expressed on the streets has additionally proven how Iranians really feel in regards to the omnipresent so-called ‘morality police’ and obligatory veiling legal guidelines. It’s excessive time for these discriminatory legal guidelines and the safety forces imposing them to be utterly faraway from Iranian society, for as soon as and for all.
Heba Morayef, Amnesty Worldwide
“The anger expressed on the streets has additionally proven how Iranians really feel in regards to the omnipresent so-called ‘morality police’ and obligatory veiling legal guidelines. It’s excessive time for these discriminatory legal guidelines and the safety forces imposing them to be utterly faraway from Iranian society, for as soon as and for all.”
Amnesty Worldwide has recorded the names of 19 individuals together with three kids shot lifeless by safety forces on 21 September. The deaths of an additional two individuals, together with a 16-year-old bystander, have additionally been confirmed on 22 September. Additional deaths are being investigated.
Echoing rising frustration on the worldwide group’s failure to take significant motion to deal with successive waves of protest killings in Iran, the daddy of Milan Haghigi, a 21-year-old man killed by safety forces on 21 September, instructed Amnesty Worldwide: “Folks count on the UN to defend us and the protesters. I, too, can condemn [the Iranian authorities], the entire world can condemn them however to what finish this condemnation?”
In response to eyewitness accounts, safety forces concerned within the lethal shootings embrace Revolutionary Guards brokers, paramilitary Basij forces and plainclothes safety officers. These safety forces have fired dwell ammunition at protesters with the intention of dispersing, intimidating and punishing them or stopping them from getting into state buildings. That is prohibited beneath worldwide legislation which restricts using firearms to situations the place their use is critical in response to an imminent risk of dying or critical harm, and solely when much less excessive means are inadequate.
Along with the 19 individuals killed on 21 September, Amnesty Worldwide has recorded the names of two different individuals killed by safety forces in Dehdasht, Kohgilouyeh and Bouyer Ahmad province on 22 September, together with a 16-year-old bystander.
Since nation-wide protests have been triggered by the dying in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini after being violently arrested by Iran’s “morality police” in reference to discriminatory and degrading obligatory veiling legal guidelines, Amnesty Worldwide has recorded the names of 30 individuals killed by safety forces: 22 males, 4 ladies and 4 kids. The group believes the actual dying toll is increased and investigating additional.
Deaths have been recorded in Alborz, Esfahan, Ilam, Kohgilouyeh and Bouyer Ahmad; Kermanshah; Kurdistan, Manzandan; Semnan; Tehran, West Azerbaijan provinces.
West Azerbaijan province
This province had one of many highest tolls on the night time of 21 September with the dying of at the least three males and two kids. They embrace Sadrodin Litani, Milan Haghighi and 16-year-old Amin Marefat in Oshnavieh; and Danesh Rahnama and 17-year-old Abdollah Mahmoudpour within the village of Balou.
A human rights defender shared with Amnesty Worldwide the written account of a protester from Ohshnavieh who described how on 21 September, Revolutionary Guards brokers randomly fired dwell ammunition at protesters whereas they have been making an attempt to enter the Workplace of the Governor. The protester mentioned: “Revolutionary Guards brokers attacked individuals and on account of taking pictures immediately [towards protesters] with firearms, three individuals misplaced their lives… They included Sadroddin Litani, who was shot in his abdomen and neck from a distance of a number of metres and Amin Marefat who was shot in his coronary heart … the bullet exited by means of his again.”
Amnesty Worldwide reviewed a corroborating video exhibiting a bullet gap at the back of Amin Marefat’s lifeless physique.
The daddy of the third sufferer from Oshnavieh, Milan Haghighi, instructed Amnesty Worldwide that he died from deadly gunshot wounds together with in his leg and torso.
In response to info shared with Amnesty Worldwide by human rights defenders with contacts on the bottom, the lethal shootings within the village of Balou came about in entrance of the Basij headquarters there. The group obtained a voice message from an eyewitness saying: “They [security forces] are immediately killing us.”
Kohgilouyeh and Bouyer province
Two eyewitnesses from Dehdasht instructed Amnesty Worldwide that 16-year-old bystander, Pedram Azarnoush, was shot lifeless on 22 September after Revolutionary Guard brokers started repeatedly randomly firing dwell ammunition to disperse protesters. The identical night time, locals mentioned safety forces had killed a second man recognized as Mehrdad Behnam Vasl.
One of many two eyewitnesses instructed Amnesty Worldwide: “The younger boy was leaning on a wall and he was solely individuals. The protesters have been fleeing, and he didn’t notice that bullets might are available in his route as nicely … The safety forces have been repeatedly firing their weapons in all instructions, and everybody was vulnerable to being shot or not, it was sheer luck whether or not they [escaped] being hit by a bullet or not.”
The eyewitnesses mentioned the Revolutionary Guards forces had hidden amongst timber in a sq. in Deshdasht and confronted no risk after they started taking pictures at chanting protesters.
Witnesses mentioned a number of individuals additionally sustained critical gunshot wounds from safety forces firing dwell ammunition, together with a 13-year-old boy, Amirali Douhandeh, who was shot within the leg. They reported that safety and intelligence officers have established a robust presence at Emam Khomeini hospital in Dehdasht, closely guarding a piece the place injured protesters are being handled.
Data gathered about Garmsar, Semnan province factors to an identical sample of reckless taking pictures by safety forces ensuing within the dying of at the least one younger protester, Mehdi Asgari, on 21 September in entrance of a police station.
In video footage purportedly of the incident, which was circulated on-line, protesters are seen coming beneath fireplace whereas throwing stones on the police station and kicking its entrance door. Amid the sound of gunfire, two protesters are seen falling to the bottom. A second video from the identical incident reviewed by Amnesty Worldwide reveals one protester mendacity lifeless and bleeding on the bottom.
At the very least six males and one lady are recorded as having been killed on this province. Their names are Mohsen Mohammadi killed in Ghaemshahr; Hannaneh Kia, Hossein Ali Kia and Mehrzad Avazpour killed in Noshahr; Mohammad Hosseinikhah killed in Sari; Milad Zare killed in Babol; and Amir Norouzi killed in Bandar-e Anzali.
A journalist reported that in accordance with two pals of Hannaneh Kia, she was fatally shot on her approach from a physician’s go to.
To analyze the continuing protest crackdown, Amnesty Worldwide has to this point spoken to and acquired audio-visual proof from 30 people together with 10 eyewitnesses, six protesters and one sufferer’s relative in addition to 4 human rights defenders and 9 journalists exterior in Iran who have been in flip involved with major sources on the bottom.