According to a recent Amnesty International report, Iran is still burning. At least 304 people have been killed and many detained in recent clashes, including children as young as 15 years of age.
Protests that started as a month ago, have taken the space of a civil disobedience movement in Iran. It is confirmed that Iranian authorities are actually, carrying out a vicious crackdown.
They have sent off police and plain cloth clad disciplinarians that are arresting thousand. These comprise protester’s human rights defenders and students. In many cases, journalists have also been detained to refrain all from speaking out about Iran’s ruthless repression.
Earlier, internet access had been blocked for two weeks, and on severe pressure from the US and other nations, Iran had reluctantly let off arbitrary control. The Broadcast and Information minister were sanctioned by the US for favoring government over fair governance.
According to findings by Amnesty International, Iranian authorities have reportedly ‘held detainees incommunicado and subjected them to enforced disappearance, torture, and other ill-treatment’. Thousands have been injured, a number that has not been openly reported. Official figures have not been shared with the United Nations either.
‘Shoot to kill’ seemed to be the modus-operandi for Iranian security forces that have to have opened fire on unarmed protesters who did not pose any imminent risk. Amnesty Digital services checked footage shared with them by witnesses and have said that ‘majority of the deaths occurred as a result of gunshots to the head, heart, neck and other vital organs.’
While the United Nations had been showing alarm and discomfort on the atrocities troubling Iranian locals, no formative action has been seen taken at a global level to stop the blatant violation of human rights. On December 6, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Iranian authorities continue to act on lack of transparency putting the lives of civilians in jeopardy and not acting in the nation’s best interest.
Iranian people are bearing the brunt of an escalated trade war with the US which has pushed the prices of petrol by 300 percent. More than 60 percent population continues to live in poverty and cannot manage this price hike.
According to Bachelet, at least 7,000 people have reportedly been arrested in 28 of Iran’s 31 provinces since mass protests broke out on 15 November.
She expressed her concern mentioning “terrible physical treatment, violations of their right to due process, and the possibility that a significant number of them may be charged with offenses that carry the death penalty, in addition to the conditions under which they are held.”
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