The death of Mahsa Amini in police custody sparked protests in Iran that ended with at least three deaths admitted by the authorities. International organizations expressed their repudiation and concern for the human rights violated in the Middle Eastern country.
The European Union (EU) described this Monday as unacceptable the murder of the young Mahsa Amini, 22, who died of a heart attack while being guarded by the police in Tehran for not wearing the veil properly, a mandatory garment in the country. “What happened to him is unacceptable and the perpetrators of this murder must be held accountable”a spokesman for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said in a statement.
The spokesman for the head of community diplomacy stressed that it is imperative that the Iranian authorities guarantee respect for the fundamental rights of its citizens, and that those who are under any form of detention are not subjected to any type of mistreatment. “Our thoughts are with Mahsa Amini’s family and his friends,” he concluded.
For its part, the UN expressed concern on Tuesday about the violence of the Iranian authorities’ repression against the protests over Amini’s death., the young woman arrested by the morality police for not wearing the mandatory veil properly. “The United Nations Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al Nashif, today expressed concern about the death of Mahsa Amini during her detention, and about the violent reaction of the Iranian security forces to the demonstrations that followed,” underlines a statement from the Office. “The tragic death of Mahsa Amini and the allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be investigated quickly, impartially and effectively by a competent independent authority that ensures that her family has access to justice and the truth”highlighted Al-Nashif.
According to a spokeswoman for the Office of the High Commissioner, Ravina Shamdasani, between two and five people were killed, according to some reports, during demonstrations to protest the death of the young woman, which are taking place in several cities in the country, including the capital, Tehran. . She also emphasized that the police had fired live ammunition and had used tear gas. Al Nashif also indicated that Mandatory veiling laws remain a concern in Iran, where appearing in public without a hijab is punishable by imprisonment.
killed in the protests
Iranian authorities reported Tuesday that at least three people died during the demonstrations that shook the Persian country these last few days for the death of Amini. While a humanitarian organization that at least four people died and 75 were injured.
Human rights groups from the Kurdistan Regionsuch as the Hengaw organization, which is based in Oslo and is in charge of denouncing human rights violations in Iran, they denounced the death of three people at the hands of the security forces, that at least 80 demonstrators were injured and that hundreds were detained.
In this same sense, the Iranian journalist, Masih Alinejad, also denounced through her social networks the brutality of the police against the protesters. In addition to this, Alinejad highlighted the large number of people who came together to protest the tragic death of Amini, suspected of murder.
“The protests are expanding to other cities. This is Mashad. “They have guns and bullets, but we have each other, we are stronger than your gun.” The person who took the video says that the security forces are beating us. This is what they did to Mahsa Amini. We will not give up”Alinejad tweeted showing a video of the demonstrations taking place in Mashhad, a city in northeastern Iran and known as a place of pilgrimage.
On the other hand, they denounce that those to blame for the deaths during the demonstrations were the enemies of the system. Esmaíl Zareí Kusha, governor of the Kurdistan province, where the young woman was from, reported the suspicious death of three people in concentrations that he defined as illegal in the region. “Investigations show that these people were shot to death by enemies of the system and with weapons that none of the security members of the province use.”added the politician, according to the Iranian agency, Fars.
For his part, the governor of Tehran, Mohsen Mansouri, joined in accusing foreign enemies of the protests. “The traces of the intervention of foreign embassies and foreign intelligence services are clearly visible,” he said, according to Fars.
The protests began this Friday, after learning of Amini’s death, and were repeated until today, growing larger and in more parts of the country, especially in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, where the young woman was from. This Tuesday there were new protests throughout the country, despite the fact that on Monday night the Police repressed the demonstrations in Tehran with batons, tear gas and water cannons.
In the city of Kerman, in southeastern Iran, a young woman cut her hair while other protesters around her shouted “death to the dictator”, according to videos shared on Twitter by Iranian journalists. In other videos, women are seen throwing their veils into street bonfires. “The brave people of Mazandaran, my homeland dancing for the freedom they deserve. I am crying to see the women burning their veils. Mahsa Amini was assassinated for this veil, but it became a turning point for Iranian women and a turning point for the regime.”Alinejad published.