More than 70 people were killed in the week of crackdowns in Iran
Iranian security forces killed 72 people last week, including 56 in Kurdish-populated areas, as they cracked down on demonstrations taking place in Iran over the death of young woman Mahsa Amini in mid-September, a human rights organization said Tuesday.
The Iranian government has accused Kurdish opposition factions of fomenting unrest in Iran since September 16, after Mahsa Amini was arrested by vice squads for breaking a strict dress code.
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Dozens of people, including members of the security forces, died on the fringes of the protests, during which anti-authority slogans were raised, and officials regarded a large proportion of them as “riots”.
Iran has also repeatedly launched cross-border missile attacks against Kurdish opposition groups in Iraq, most recently on Tuesday.
The Oslo-based human rights organization in Iran reported in its latest report that 416 people were killed at the hands of the security forces in Iran, including 51 children and 21 women.
She pointed out that in the past week alone, 72 people have died, including 56 in Kurdish-populated areas in the west, where protests have escalated in recent days.
Several cities in Kurdish-populated areas of western Iran, including Mahabad, Janrud and Piranshahr, have witnessed large-scale demonstrations, which often begin with funerals for victims of the repression of demonstrations.
And the Oslo-based human rights organization Hinkaw accused the Iranian security forces of firing machine guns directly at the demonstrators and shelling residential areas.
According to Norway-based human rights group Henkau, five people were killed in Joanrud on Monday after thousands gathered to attend the funerals of victims of the raid, who were killed last weekend.
The group said it has confirmed the deaths of 42 Kurds in Iran in nine cities over the past week, nearly all of them killed by direct fire.
Internet monitoring websites have accused Iran of shutting down mobile internet access across the country on Monday at the height of protests.
Cybersecurity and internet governance watchdog NetBlocks said on Tuesday that mobile internet service had returned after a “three-and-a-half-hour power outage,” which coincided with the Iran national soccer team’s refusal to sing the Iranian national anthem at the World Cup in Qatar.
Article 19, a human rights organization, pointed out that “there are reports of ongoing state brutality outside of Kurdistan along with internet outages and bans across the country.”
Henkao released a video showing protesters trying to remove birdshot fragments from a protester’s body with a knife, saying people are afraid to go to the hospital for fear of arrest.
The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran called on the international community to take action to prevent a massacre in the region.
“Unless the Islamic Republic authorities decide that the cost of slaughtering civilians to quell ongoing protests in Iran is too high, they will continue to slaughter children, women and men with impunity in a desperate attempt to restore control,” said the director of the center Hadi Ghaemi.
According to the Oslo-based Organization for Human Rights in Iran, more than half of those killed by Iranian security forces in the raid died in provinces populated by ethnic minorities.
The organization said 126 were killed in Sistan-Balochistan, 48 in Kurdistan, 45 in West Azerbaijan and 23 in areas of Kermanshah province inhabited by large numbers of Kurds.
“The systematic killing of civilian protesters belonging to Kurdish and Baloch minorities amounts to a crime against humanity,” said the organization’s director, Mahmoud Amiri Moghaddam.
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