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Iran Protest Crackdown: At Least 16 Killed In Past Week, Most Of Them In Kurdish Areas

November 29, 2022
Akhtar Safi
2 min read
Iran Human Rights on November 29 said that 12 of the new deaths were reported in Iran’s western Kurdish areas, where the demonstrations have been at their most intense.
Iran Human Rights on November 29 said that 12 of the new deaths were reported in Iran’s western Kurdish areas, where the demonstrations have been at their most intense.

Iranian security forces have killed more than 16 people across the country over the past week, a Norway-based human rights group says, bringing to 448 its death toll related to a brutal state crackdown on more than two months of nationwide protests

Iran Human Rights on November 29 said that 12 of the new deaths were reported in Iran’s western Kurdish areas, where the demonstrations have been at their most intense.

Overall, at least 448 people, including 60 children and 29 women, have been killed since the ongoing wave of demonstrations erupted in mid-September, representing an increase of 32 since the group issued its previous toll three days earlier.

Protesters have been killed in 26 provinces, with the most reported in Sistan and Baluchistan, Kurdistan, Western Azerbaijan, Tehran, Mazandaran and Kermanshah, according to the human rights group.

The country has been gripped by protests demanding more freedoms and women's rights since the September 16 death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Tehran’s morality police. She had been arrested for an alleged breach of the country's strict dress code.

Iran has blamed foreign foes and their agents for the demonstrations, which have grown into a broad movement against the theocracy that has ruled Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Tehran on November 28 said that it would not cooperate with any UN fact-finding mission to investigate the deadly repression of demonstrators, after the United Nations' top human rights body voted to set up the mission last week.

Iran Human Rights Director, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, said that the authorities “know full well that if they cooperate with the UN fact-finding mission, an even wider scale of their crimes will be revealed."

"And that’s also why it is so important for people in Iran to send any evidence of human rights violations to human rights organisations and the UN mission.”

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