Amnesty International Condemns Iran Regime’s Ongoing Violence Against Protesters
Amnesty International condemns the Iran regime’s ongoing violence
Amnesty International has condemned the indiscriminate killing of anti-government protesters by Iran’s regime, pointing out that some reports suggesting as many as 200 protesters have been killed in the past few days.
In a report on its website on November 19, Amnesty wrote, “Verified video footage, eyewitness testimony from people on the ground and information gathered from human rights activists outside Iran reveal a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings by Iranian security forces, which have used excessive and lethal force to crush largely peaceful protests in more than 100 cities across Iran sparked by a hike in fuel prices on 15 November.”
“At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed, according to credible reports received by Amnesty International. The organization believes that the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed. State media have reported only a handful of protester deaths, as well as the deaths of at least four members of the security forces” read the report.
“Video footage shows security forces using firearms, water cannons, and tear gas to disperse protests and beating demonstrators with batons. Images of bullet casings left on the ground afterward, as well as the resulting high death toll, indicate that they used live ammunition,” Amnesty said.
“The authorities must end this brutal and deadly crackdown immediately and show respect for human life,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
While referring to the regime’s organized crackdown on protestors Amnesty wrote, “top government officials including Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have issued statements describing protesters as ‘villains’ and giving security forces a green light to crush demonstrations.”
Amnesty International also highlighted the regime's near-total blockade of internet and wrote, “On 16 November, less than a day after the protests began, the authorities implemented an ongoing near-total shutdown of the internet, shutting off nearly all means of online communications for people inside Iran. The resulting information blackout is a deliberate attempt by the authorities to prevent people from sharing images and videos of the deadly force being used by security forces.”
“The UN and individual member states must publicly denounce Iran’s bloody crackdown. They should press the Iranian authorities to give access to independent human rights observers to hospitals and detention centers in the country, lift the blocking of the internet and invite UN mandate holders to conduct fact-finding visits,” Amnesty concluded.
As the regime resorts to more oppression, the Iranian people continue their quest for freedom and democracy.