Mahsa Amini: Five individuals killed in Iran in protests over loss of life of girl, rights group says

Hengaw Group for Human Rights, a Norwegian-registered group monitoring rights violations in Iran, mentioned 5 individuals have been fatally shot throughout demonstrations in Iran’s Kurdish area on Monday. It mentioned 75 others have been injured in different cities over the weekend.

The UN’s Performing Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif issued an announcement on Tuesday expressing alarm at “the violent response by [Iranian] security forces” to the demonstrations.

In the meantime, the governor of Tehran, Mohsen Mansouri, accused the protesters of attacking police and destroying public property, claiming in a Twitter submit late Monday that the protesters have been “fully organized and trained to create disturbances in Tehran.”

CNN was unable to independently confirm the reviews of the deaths and accidents.

The protests erupted after the loss of life of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian girl who died in Tehran after being arrested by Iran’s morality police final week.

Iranian officers mentioned that Amini died on Friday after struggling a “heart attack” and falling right into a coma following her arrest final Tuesday. Nevertheless, her household mentioned she didn’t have a pre-existing coronary heart situation, Emtedad information, an Iranian pro-reform media outlet which claimed to have spoken to Amini’s father, mentioned.

Edited safety digicam footage launched by Iran’s state media appeared to indicate Amini collapsing at a “re-education” middle the place she was taken to obtain “guidance” on her apparel.

Iran’s morality police are a part of the nation’s legislation enforcement and are tasked with implementing the strict social guidelines of the Islamic Republic, together with its costume code that mandates girls put on a headband, or hijab, in public.

The UN Human Rights Workplace (OHCHR) mentioned in its Tuesday assertion that the morality police have expanded avenue patrols in latest months and have been subjecting girls perceived to be carrying “loose hijab” to verbal and bodily harassment and arrest.

“(OHCHR) has received numerous, and verified, videos of violent treatment of women, including slapping women across the face, beating them with batons and throwing them into police vans,” it mentioned.

Al-Nashif mentioned Amini’s loss of life and the allegations of torture and ill-treatment have to be “promptly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent competent authority.”

Iranian police mentioned Amini’s loss of life was an “unfortunate incident” and denied that she was bodily harmed whereas in custody, Iran’s semi-official information company Fars Information mentioned on Monday.

Iranian officers mentioned they’ve carried out an post-mortem on Amini’s physique. Talking Saturday on state TV the director of Iran’s Forensic Medical Group, Mehdi Forozesh, mentioned the outcomes can be publicized after additional examination by medical specialists.

Talking at a information convention on Monday, Higher Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi mentioned police had “done everything” to maintain her alive.

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However the explanations from the police weren’t accepted by protesters. The UN mentioned 1000’s of individuals have taken to the streets in cities together with Tehran, Isfahan, Karaj, Mashhad, Rasht, Saqqes and Sanandaj to demand justice and accountability.

The semi-official information company Fars reported the protesters have been “not convinced” by the police’s justification of Amini’s loss of life and claimed she died “under torture.”

Following Amini’s funeral ceremony on Saturday, safety forces fired tear fuel on protesters in her hometown of Saqqez, in Iran’s Kurdistan province, Fars mentioned, whereas Iran’s semi-official Mehr information company mentioned the demonstrators have been demanding solutions from the police and allegedly threw rocks on the governor’s workplace.

Fars additionally revealed a video displaying protestors demonstrating within the capital of Kurdistan province, Sanandaj, late on Sunday and chanting slogans in opposition to officers.

One video shared by the Free Union of Iranian Employees confirmed protesters in Sanandaj chanting “death to dictator.” One other video confirmed girls taking off their hijabs and waving them in protest in Tehran.

Individually, the web watchdog NetBlocks mentioned on Monday that its real-time information have been displaying a “near-total disruption to internet connectivity in Sanandaj.”