Disturbing video footage of a public flogging was obtained from inside Iran on July 24, 2018.
In the video masked men are seen hitting a man wearing prison uniform with a whip, while a small crowd watches without protesting or intervening. The state security forces are present at the scene.
Earlier this month a young man convicted of consuming alcohol when he was just 14 or 15 years old was publicly flogged 80 times in Niazmand Square, Kashmar, Razavi Khorasan province.
“The circumstances of this case are absolutely shocking, representing another horrific example of the Iranian authorities’ warped priorities. No one, regardless of age, should be subjected to flogging; that a child was prosecuted for consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes beggars belief,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.