United Nations human rights experts called on the Iranian regime to release all individuals arbitrarily detained and mistreated during the recent November protests that swept across the country in at least 191 cities. The 16 UN experts are also voicing significant concerns over the hundreds of people killed by the mullahs’ security forces.
“We are shocked at reports of the ill-treatment of those detained during the protests that took place in November 2019, and deeply disturbed that the reported use of excessive force by the Iranian security forces led to an untold number of casualties, including deaths,” said the independent experts.
“Reports suggest that detainees are being tortured or are suffering other forms of ill-treatment, sometimes to extract forced confessions. Some are also reportedly being denied medical treatment, including for injuries caused by the security forces’ use of excessive force, and are being held in overcrowded detention centers. Some are being held incommunicado or subjected to enforced disappearances.”
“Some are also reportedly being denied medical treatment, including for injuries caused by the security forces’ use of excessive force,” they said, adding that yet others were being held “incommunicado or subjected to enforced disappearances”.
The experts voiced deep concern at the lack of due process, warning that many of the detainees would likely be denied their right to a fair trial.
“Senior officials have said that protesters will face severe punishment,” the experts said. “We have already seen Iranian state television broadcast so-called ‘confessions’, despite claims that these are being obtained under duress. Many detainees are also reportedly being denied the right to a lawyer of their choosing.
“We urge the Government and the judiciary to ensure that all those accused of crimes go through court proceedings that adhere to international fair trial standards, including the presumption of innocence.”
The UN says according to credible sources, at least 304 people, including 12 children, are confirmed to have died, with unconfirmed reports indicating that the total could be more than 400. The number of deaths appears to be particularly high in some provinces with large ethnic minority populations, the experts added.
The experts pointed to reports and footage showing Iranian security forces “not only fired live ammunition at unarmed protesters, but also aimed at their heads and vital organs.”
“Targeting these parts of the body shows that the security forces were aiming to kill or at least cause serious injury,” they said, adding that they were “extremely disturbed that the Iranian authorities would use such tactics against peaceful protesters.”
The UN experts said they were still concerned about ongoing suppression of the right to freedom of expression.
“Most disturbingly, the families of individuals killed by security forces have allegedly been threatened not to speak out,” the text continues.
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