At least 76 dead in protests in Iran

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Copenhagen (EFE).- At least 76 people have died in Iran at the hands of security forces during protests that began ten days ago, according to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights.

Tehran has so far acknowledged 41 dead and 1,186 detained in the riots sparked after the arrest on the 13th and subsequent death at a police station of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, allegedly for wearing the wrong headscarf, which is compulsory in public spaces. in Iran for women past puberty.

Iranians carry photos of Mahsa Amini during a protest in Istanbul. EFE/EPA/Sedat Suna

Six women and four children among those killed in Iran

According to information obtained by this NGO, six women and four children are among the dead and most families have been “forced” to bury their dead at night. They were “pressured” not to hold a public funeral and “threatened with charges” if they spread the news.

“Videos and death certificates obtained by Iran Human Rights confirm live ammunition being fired directly at protesters,” a statement read.

The Iranian-Norwegian NGO also denounced the use of torture and ill-treatment against detainees to obtain “false televised confessions” and called for “urgent joint action by the international community”.

Protests against Iran
Image of another demonstration, in this case in Lisbon. EFE/EPA/Manuel De Almeida

“The world must defend the demands of the Iranian people for their fundamental rights,” said the director of this organization, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said five days ago, during his visit to New York to address the UN General Assembly, that expressions of discontent were “normal”, but should not be confused with “hooliganism”.

Founded in 2005 and registered in Norway since 2009, Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO) claims to be made up of people inside and outside Iran and has members in the United States, Canada, Japan and several European countries.

Web editor: Nuria Santesteban

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