Iran: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Condemns Violent Crackdown on Protesters
Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Following five days of protest across Iranian cities, hundreds of protesters have been killed by the Iranian regime’s security forces and thousands have been wounded.
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, in a press briefing on Iran Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed the UN human rights body’s concern regarding the killings.
“We are deeply concerned by reported violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, including the firing of live ammunition, against demonstrators in Iran during the protests that began on Friday and have continued into this week. We are especially alarmed that the use of live ammunition has allegedly caused a significant number of deaths across the country,” Colville said in the Press briefing adding:
“Iranian media and a number of other sources suggest dozens of people may have been killed and many people injured during protests in at least eight different provinces, with over 1,000 protesters arrested. Overall, protests have reportedly been held in 40 or more towns and cities across the country, but again details have been hard to verify because of the shutdown of the internet late on Saturday,”
“As Iran is a State party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, we call on the Iranian authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression, and the right to peaceful assembly and association, as laid down in the Covenant, which is a binding international treaty.”
It is worth noting that at the same day, Keyhan newspaper, known as the mouthpiece of the Iranian regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei wrote that those who led the protests will be executed by hanging.
“Some reports say that judiciary considers execution by hanging for the riot leaders a definite punishment.” the article reads.
Also on Monday The Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a statement read by state-run media, said it would take “decisive and revolutionary action against any continued moves to disturb the people’s peace and security,”
“More than 200 protesters have been killed during the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising. Thousands have been wounded. On November 17, 2019, the Revolutionary Guards said 1,000 had been arrested, though the actual number is much higher,” The NCRI statement reads adding:
“Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to brief the Security Council about the atrocities perpetrated by the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and the IRGC, in view of the rising number of those killed and wounded. She urged him to convene an extraordinary session of the Council.
“Silence vis-à-vis the crimes against humanity perpetrated in Iran every day is absolutely unacceptable, Mrs. Rajavi underscored, adding that the Security Council must declare the regime and its leaders responsible for the crime against humanity for which they must face justice.
In light of the growing numbers of people killed and wounded across #Iran, I urge the UN Secretary General to call for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to brief them about the crimes of Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Tehran. #Iranprotests pic.twitter.com/qW28xyH9qD— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) November 20, 2019
“The martyrs are mostly young adults and teenagers, many of them shot in the head and chest. The number of those killed is actually much higher. The regime is using an assortment of ploys to conceal the actual figure. In many cases, the suppressive forces do not hand over the bodies of the dead to their families and even refuse to take them to the coroner’s office, instead of burying them in unknown locations.”