The human right organization, Amnesty International (Amnesty), claimed that the Iranian Government’s three-day crackdown of the protestors in November 2019 led to the death of at least 304 civilians. Meanwhile, the US representative in Iran estimated that the military crackdown had claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 people.
The UN has suggested that at least 12 children were killed during the military crackdown. According to Amnesty International’s research, “a 15-year-old Mohammad Dastankhah, who was shot in the heart in Shiraz, Fars province, as he passed by the protests on his way home from school, and 17-year-old Alireza Nouri, who was killed in Shahriar, Tehran province.”
Military Crackdown Against Protestors
Amnesty carried out several interviews with dozens of victims about how the Iranian authorities handled the protestors. Analyzing the ‘harrowing testimony’, the organization revealed the ways in which Basij militia and the Revolutionary Guard of Iran killed protesters between November 15th and 18th, 2019.
As per its report, “The majority of the deaths that the organization has recorded occurred as a result of gunshots to the head, heart, neck and other vital organs indicating that the security forces were shooting to kill.”
The Iranian military authority suppressed people from sharing their testimonies against the crackdown. Amnesty continued, “Iran’s authorities are carrying out a vicious crackdown following the outbreak of nationwide protests on 15 November, arresting thousands of protesters as well as journalists, human rights defenders, and students to stop them from speaking out about Iran’s ruthless repression.”
As reported by Amnesty, many civilians were arrested at hospitals. Several protestors were denied of basic treatments in the custody, while others were picked up from their homes and work. Protestors were forcefully detained, tortured, or held incommunicado and were denied access to family and lawyers.
Urging to Pressurize the Repressive Actions
The civil unrest was triggered by the rise in the price of subsidized fuel but it quickly turned into a massive protest against the Government. The protest started demanding other prevailing economic and political issues after the re-imposition of the US sanctions on Iran.
The government officials, including the Supreme Leader, blamed the foreign power of instigating such unrest. State media has been used by the Government authority to circulate the news that the death penalty would be given to the protestors.
Amnesty called for the international community’s support against the Iranian Government’s repressive actions and it has already urged the UN to pressurize Tehran to “urgently and unconditionally release all those who have been arbitrarily detained.”
Philip Luther, Amnesty’s the Middle East and North Africa Research Director, appealed, “The world must not stand by in silence as the Iranian authorities continue to commit widespread human rights violations in their ruthless bid to crush dissent.”
Luther further added, “The international community must take urgent action, including through the UN Human Rights Council holding a special session on Iran to mandate an inquiry into the unlawful killings of protesters, a horrifying wave of arrests, enforced disappearances and torture of detainees, with a view to ensuring accountability.”
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