Photos of Iranian juveniles killed by security forces during the country’s six-month protests
The UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Javaid Rehman, concludes that the Iranian regime’s violations of human rights are a “crime against humanity”.
Since his appointment in July 2018, Rehman has regularly documented the regime’s abuses: executions — including of minors; unlawful mass detentions; torture; sexual violence; cutoff of communications; and denial of basic rights.
The regime has denied Rehman entry into Iran. However, the official has built his reports upon witness testimonies, including contact with people inside the countries; documents; and photographic and audio-visual evidence.
Rehman said on Monday that amid six-month nationwide protests, Iranians are experiencing the most serious violations in four decades.
The Special Rapporteur said that the protests had been sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini “as a result of beatings by the state ‘morality police'” in mid-September. He supported the finding with eyewitness testimonies and evidence from “reliable medical sources”.
He noted that Iran had refused to conduct an impartial or transparent inquiry into Amini’s case, adding, “I would like to stress that her death was not an isolated event but the latest in a long series of extreme violence against women and girls committed by the Iranian authorities.”
“Possible commission of International Crimes”
Rehman laid out the regime’s violent crackdown on demonstrations: “Protesters including children were beaten to death. At least 527 people, including 71 children were killed, and hundreds of protesters severely injured.”
He bolstered findings by journalists, including EA correspondent Deepa Parent, that dozens of protesters “have lost their eyes because of direct shots to the head”. Iranian doctors reported that women and girls participating in the demonstrations “were targeted with shotgun fire to their faces, breasts and genitals”.
Rehman continued, “Children released have described sexual abuses, threats of rape, floggings, administration of electric shocks and how their heads were maintained underwater, how they were suspended from their arms or from scarves wrapped around their necks.”
The Special Rapporteur concluded:
The scale and gravity of the violations committed by Iranian authorities, especially since the death of Ms Amini, points to the possible commission of international crimes, notably the crimes against humanity of murder, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual violence, and persecution….
The responsibility of top senior officials in instigating this violence cannot be ignored.