Monday, January 18, 2021
News

Over 7,000 arrested in Iran protests, UN says

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Geneva | Saturday, 2019 11:45:05 AM IST
More than 7,000 people have been detained for their participation in the protests that have been taking place in Iran since mid-November, according to the United Nations, which criticized a lack of transparency regarding the number of people arrested and treatment they receive.

Despite the high number of detained protesters, the arrests are continuing across the country, a spokesman for the UN Human Rights Office said on Friday during a press conference in Geneva, Efe news reported.

"I'm extremely concerned about their physical treatment, violations of their right to due process, and the possibility that a significant number of them may be charged with offences that carry the death penalty, in addition to the conditions under which they are held," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said in a statement.

Spokesman Rupert Colville said the UN had received information that suggests "at least 208 people have been killed, including 13 women and 12 children."

However, Bachelet's office couldn't corroborate that data.

"In such circumstances, with so many reported deaths, it is essential the authorities act with far greater transparency," the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

"They must undertake prompt, independent and impartial investigations into all violations that have taken place, including the killing of protesters and reported deaths and ill-treatment in custody; and those responsible must be held accountable.

"There appear to be multiple violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran has ratified and is obliged to uphold."

Iran security forces, Revolutionary Guard and Basij militia, have responded to the protests not only with water cannons and tear gas, but in some cases with ammunition.

According to the UN Human Rights Office, several videos prove "severe violence was used against protesters, including armed members of security forces shooting from the roof of a justice department building in one city, and from helicopters in another."

"We have also received footage which appears to show security forces shooting unarmed demonstrators from behind while they were running away, and shooting others directly in the face and vital organs - in other words shooting to kill," Bachelet added.

"These are clear violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, and serious violations of human rights."

With thousands arrested by Iranian police, conditions in detention centres - prisons but also military barracks, sports facilities and schools - are very harsh.

The UN also denounced that Iranian journalists are being threatened, including those who work for media companies located outside the country.

Bachelet called on the Iranian authorities to release the protesters who have been arbitrarily detained to guarantee their right to defence and respect people's right to protest.

--IANS rt/

( 455 Words)

2019-12-07-05:30:06 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
US State Dept calls for release of Russi...
Number of COVID-19 cases in France surpa...
US capital turned into military zone ahe...
Chile reports 4,340 new COVID-19 cases...
Opponents of Nawaz Sharif have fallen in...
Record number of Portuguese takes part i...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
In Chhattisgarh, ITBP teacher in 'smart'...
13 Israelis suffer facial paralysis post...
K'taka has double engine with Modi, Yedi...
Himachal sees 77% voting in phase 1 of p...
'They were killing Jews and I was not a ...
31 years on, Kashmir still the home Pand...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Boeing orders lessen sting of weak ... 
Ind vs Aus: Siraj picks five to end... 
Three UK partners with TCS to accel... 
ISL 7: Bengaluru FC midfielder Dima... 
Microland earns the coveted Windows... 
Jain (Deemed-to-be) University's ed... 
L&T Technology Services rated a... 
SIBM Pune leverages technology to b...