An NGO raised to 522 the deaths in Iran during the protests over the murder of Mahsa Amini

Outbreak of protests in September after the death of Mahsa Amini, in Tehran (Wana / Reuters) (WANA NEWS AGENCY /)

The NGO of the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) has raised to 522 the deaths in Iran since the outbreak of the protests for the death in custody in September of last year of the young Iranian Kurdish Mahsa Amini, arrested allegedly for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly.

HRANA, based in USA and specialized in monitoring the humanitarian situation in the Islamic republic, estimates that among the deceased there are 70 minors and 68 Iranian police officers and security forces officials.

HRANA also details almost 20,000 detaineesamong them 110 who risk being sentenced to death according to Islamic laws. Until now they have been executed four sentenced in relation to these demonstrations.

For its part, the NGO Iran Human Rights maintains the balance of deaths published five days ago: 481 deaths, including 64 children and 35 women.

The Iranian regime has not commented on these figures or on the NGO reports in this regard.

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A picture obtained from the Iranian Mizan News Agency on December 12, 2022, shows the public execution of MajidReza Rahnavard in Iran's Mashhad city, the second capital punishment linked to nearly three months of protests, with a sentence in Farsi which reads
Execution of the regime linked to the protests (Mizan News/AFP) (-/)

death sentences

In their attempts to suppress the protests, Iran has already issued 16 death sentences and executed four people, despite international calls to annul those sentences, issued in trials described as “farces” by various authorities and international organizations, in addition to the NGO Human Rights Watch.

Several of the sentences have been for the crime of “moharebe” or “enmity with God”, mostly against people accused of having killed “basijis” -Islamic militiamen- who participated in the repression of the protests, although there are also for injuring police officers or blocking streets.

Iranian activists denounce that the trials are being held behind closed doors, in record timewith confessions obtained under torture and in many cases without lawyers present.

HRW denounced that there more than 15,000 protesters in custodydetained in overcrowded prisons and without access to “due process”, and without the authorities investigating “the numerous accusations of torture or the routine restriction of detainees to legal counsel”.

Among them are “hundreds of human rights defenders, activists, journalists and lawyers detained for their peaceful dissent or for supporting the protests.”

Protest over the death of Mahsa Amini in Tehran (WANA/Reuters)
Protest over the death of Mahsa Amini in Tehran (WANA / Reuters) (WANA NEWS AGENCY /)

This type of repression has also occurred in Iran in other protests linked to labor strikes and protests against rising prices.

HRW also denounced the increase in the number of executions linked to drug-related crimes (at least 130).

In this context, the NGO stressed that in Iran women face serious discrimination in matters related to marriage, divorce, inheritance and decisions on parental authority, while cases of femicide are being reported more and more without there being regulations to prevent them. abuses and protect survivors.

(With information from Europa Press and EFE)

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