UN to investigate Iran protest crackdown
November 25, 2022 - The UN Rights Council has demanded Iran end its “disproportionate” use of force against protests calling for improved women’s rights. At least 465 people have been killed, including 58 children, 27 women and 50 police.
Mahsa Amini, 22, died in September in the custody of the Gasht-e Ershad -- the so-called morality police -- after they arrested her for allegedly wearing the hijab incorrectly. Her death sparked mass anti-government protests, which have continued for more than five weeks across Iran.
Nuemrous other women and children have since been killed in, or adjacent to, the protests. On September 20, 16-year-old Nika Shakarami died after she messaged a friend to say security forces were chasing her during a protest in Tehran. Her body showed multiple fractures to her head, pelvis, arms and legs.
The family of Hadis Najafi, 22, have said that she was shot dead by security forces while protesting in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, on September 21. Officials allegedly asked her father to say she died of a heart attack.
Another 16-year-old girl, Sarina Esmailzadeh, died after being severely beaten on the head by security forces during protests in Karaj on September 22, according to Amnesty International.