Amnesty International has condemned the indiscriminate killing of
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“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.