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Mahsa Amini solidarity protests around the world | #IranProtests2022 #MahsaAmini #مهسا_امینی | Amnesty UK


Mahsa Amini Solidarity Protests Around The World | #IranProtests2022 #MahsaAmini #مهسا_امینی

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The bravery of the protesters who faced a deadly response from Iranian security forces after the death of Mahsa Amini shows the extent of Iran's outrage at abusive veil laws, unlawful killings and widespread repression.

As at least 40 people have died, including four children, Amnesty reiterates its calls for urgent global action and warns of the risk of further bloodshed amid a deliberate internet blackout.

On the night of September 21 alone, at least 19 people, including at least three children, were killed when security forces shot. Amnesty has reviewed photos and videos showing deceased victims with horrific wounds to their heads, chests and abdomens.

Heba Morayef, Amnesty International's director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:

"The rising death toll is an alarming indication of how ruthless the authorities' attacks on human life have been in the darkness of the internet shutdown.

“The anger expressed on the streets shows how Iranians feel about the so-called 'morality police' and the veil. It is high time that these discriminatory laws and the security forces that enforce them were completely removed from Iranian society once and for all.

"UN member states must go beyond toothless declarations, hear calls for justice from victims and human rights defenders in Iran, and urgently establish an independent UN investigative mechanism."

Amnesty has collected the names of 19 people, including three children, who were shot dead by security forces on September 21. The deaths of two other people, including a 16-year-old spectator, were also confirmed on September 22. Other deaths are being investigated.

The father of Milan Haghigi, a 21-year-old man who was killed by security forces on September 21, reflected growing frustration at the international community's failure to take meaningful action to deal with successive waves of protest killings in Iran, and told Amnesty:

“People expect the UN to defend us and the protesters. I too can condemn [the Iranian authorities], the whole world can condemn them, but what is the purpose of this condemnation?”

According to eyewitnesses, security forces involved in the fatal shootings included Revolutionary Guards agents, Basij paramilitary forces and plainclothes security officials. These security forces have fired live ammunition at protesters to disperse, intimidate and punish them or to prevent them from entering government buildings. This is prohibited under international law, which limits the use of firearms to where their use is necessary in response to an imminent threat of death or serious injury, and only when less extreme means will not suffice.

In addition to the 19 people killed on September 21, Amnesty has collected the names of two other people killed by security forces on September 22 in Dehdasht, Kohgilouyeh and Bouyer Ahmad province, including a 16-year-old bystander.

Since nationwide protests were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini in police custody after being violently arrested by Iran's vice squad in connection with discriminatory and degrading veil laws, Amnesty has captured the names of 30 people from security forces killed: 22 men, four women and four children. Amnesty believes the actual death toll is higher and is continuing its investigation.

Deaths were recorded in Alborz, Esfahan, Ilam, Kohgilouyeh and Bouyer Ahmad; Kermanshah; Kurdistan, Manzandan; semnan; Tehran Provinces, West Azerbaijan.

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