Stop threatening protesters with the death penalty
United Nations human rights experts called Iranian authorities Stop laying down death penalty charges against people who took part in the protests shaking the country.
More than 10 independent UN experts said in a statement: “We call on the Iranian authorities to end the use of the death penalty as a means of cracking down on protests and reiterate our call for the immediate release of all protesters who have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty.” according to AFP.
It is noteworthy that at the beginning of November 227 Iranian parliamentarians asked the judiciary to do soexecution of protesters who accused them of assaulting citizens.
They issued a joint statement after protesters attacked a parliamentarian’s office and beat other MPs, according to Iran International TV.
They also added that the protesters “attack citizens and their property with firearms and non-firearms,” they said.
314 protesters were killed
It is remarkable that since the murder of the young Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini on September 16, three days after her arrest by the vice squad, the demonstrations in the country have not abated.
Clashes between Iranian riot police and protesters in Tehran (AFP archives)
Her death has since fueled anger over several issues, including restrictions on personal liberties and strict rules regarding women’s dress, as well as the vital and economic crisis Iranians are facing, not to mention the harsh laws that govern the regime imposed, and its political and religious composition in general.
Meanwhile, the security forces used violence against the demonstrators, killing hundreds of them. The human rights activists’ news agency Hrana said 314 demonstrators were killed in the riots, including 47 minors. At least 14,170 people, including 392 students, were arrested in the protests, which took place in 136 cities and towns and 134 universities.
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