Iranian Protesters’ Human Rights Violated in Prison by Iran Authorities
Last updated on September 4th, 2020
Iranian law enforcement personnel have been accused by Amnesty International of committing a “catalogue of shocking human rights violations” against those arrested in a crackdown on nationwide protests last year in November.
Several Iranian protestors have shared their stories with human rights groups, narrating that they were beaten, flogged, electrocuted, sexually harassed for fake confessions. Children as young as 10 years old were among the 7,000 people arrested during the crackdown last year. While Iran has not commented on the allegations, it is confirmed that hundreds of people died following the detention.
The protests erupted last year after the government of Iran increased the petrol prices by 50 percent. Protestors, in large numbers, came out on streets to protest against the economic downfall and increasing prices. Iranian economy has already been reeling with the pressure of the US sanctions.
Iran’s supreme leader denounced Iranian protesters as “evil-doers” incited by “foreign enemies”, and security forces launched a deadly crackdown.
Amnesty’s new report, “Iran: Trampling Humanity”, reveals the testimonies of 60 detainees and 14 individuals who had either witnessed or investigated reported violations. The human rights organization has also filmed the cases of 304 men, women and children who were killed by Iranian forces in over five days. However, Iran’s interior minister claims that no more than 225 people died. The ministry also claimed that the detainees died due to gunshot wounds and not torture.
The detained Iranian protestors alleged that torture methods included “waterboarding, beating, flogging, electric shocks, pepper-spraying genitals, sexual violence, mock executions, pulling out nails and solitary confinement, sometimes for weeks or even months”. They were tortured and mishandled mainly so that they confess their involvement in the protests and their alleged associations with opposition groups, human rights defenders, media outside Iran, as well as with foreign governments.
Amnesty said hundreds of detained Iranian protestors were convicted of “vague or spurious national security charges” following “grossly unfair trials which were presided over by biased judges behind closed doors” and which relied on torture-tainted “confessions”.
One of the detainees, who was subjected to electric shocks, said “It felt like my entire body was being pierced with millions of needles. If I refused to answer their questions, they would raise the voltage levels and give me stronger electric shocks… The torture has had lasting effects on my mental and physical health.”
“The pain was excruciating. There was so much pressure and pain in my body that I would urinate on myself. My family know that I was tortured, but they don’t know how I was tortured,” he added.
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