Tuesday , 4 August 2020

Arrests of Iran protesters continue with reports of deaths under torture

Iran-HRM – As the details of the crackdown on Iran protests are trickling out, we hear of horrific crimes committed against humanity including deaths under torture.

At least 1,000 protesters have been killed during the November Iran protests, including several minors. 4,000 others have been injured and 12,000 have been taken to the regime’s prisons. The fate of many of those arrested have remained unknown.

Iranian security forces and intelligence officers went to hospitals to look for wounded protesters. According to hospital staff the officers were removing bandages to check whether they were covering bullet wounds and arresting anyone who had them. They took away Many injured people from hospitals.

There have been several reports of protesters being tortured in Shiraz, Tehran and Karaj.

Hamid Sheikhani, 35, father of a 7-year-old child, was arrested on November 17 in Mahshahr County, in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, southwest Iran. Sheikhani’s family heard no news of him until November 23, when they were asked to collect his body from the prison. According to local reports, Sheikhani was a healthy man when he was arrested. His death just days later raises serious concerns about his treatment and conditions of detention, including torture.

17-year-old Arvin Ranin was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Corps (IRGC) forces in Marivan during the protests. He was reportedly tortured to death. His family was forced to make payments to have the body of their loved one returned to them.

A woman identified as Halimeh Samiri arrested and detained during the November Iran protests in Abadan. She was tortured to death by the regime’s revolutionary guards who later threw her lifeless body outside her father’s residence.

Another protester who was tortured to death is 30-year-old Kaveh Veisani. He was arrested on November 17, by the IRGC forces in Sanandaj, in Iran’s Kurdistan province. His dead body which bore signs of torture including bruises, was found on December 15, in the city’s suburbs. He had a 2-year-old girl and his wife was pregnant.

There have been further reports of Iranian protesters’ deaths under torture and Iran Human Rights Monitor continues to investigate.

Mass protests erupted in Iran after the regime tripled the price of gasoline on November 15.

Following the November Iran protests, Supreme Leader Khamenei called protesters “hooligans” in a televised speech. During the next few days, the regime mobilized all its forces against protesters, opening fire on gatherings of more than 10 people in some parts of Iran.

Senior Iranian authorities have made harsh threats against protesters in the past few days including the sentencing protest leaders to the “capital punishment”.

The wave of arrests has continued so far in various parts of the country. The number of those arrested since the beginning of the Iran uprising exceeds 12,000. State-run news agencies have reported more than 1,000 arrests made only on November 30 and December 1 in seven Iranian provinces: More than 400 in Alborz Province, 31 in Hormozgan, 70 in East Azerbaijan, 50 in Tehran, 240 in Kermanshah, 97 in Fardis of Karaj, 25 in Kurdistan, 32 in Isfahan, and 26 in Najafabad and Yazdanshahr.

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