Iran to blame for violence that killed Mahsa Amini, U.N. finds

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Iran is to blasted for nan “physical violence” that killed Mahsa Amini, whose decease successful custody successful 2022 triggered massive serene protests led by women and girls against nan country’s theocratic regime, a United Nations fact-finding ngo said Friday.

The mission’s study besides recovered that Iran committed crimes against humanity successful its convulsive repression of nan protests successful 2022 and 2023, including “murder, imprisonment, torture, rape and different forms of intersexual violence, persecution, enforced disappearance and different inhumane acts.”

Demonstrators stitchery to protestation complete nan decease of Iranian Mahsa AminiDemonstrators protestation nan decease of Mahsa Amini extracurricular nan Iranian Consulate successful 2022 successful Istanbul.Cemal Yurttas / dia images via Getty Images

Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died Sept. 16, 2022, successful a infirmary aft her apprehension 3 days earlier by nan country’s morality constabulary for allegedly not adhering to nan government’s mandatory rules connected headscarves for women and clothing restrictions.

The fact-finding ngo ”established nan beingness of grounds of trauma to Ms. Amini’s body, inflicted while successful nan custody of nan morality police,” nan study said. 

“Based connected nan grounds and patterns of unit by nan morality constabulary successful nan enforcement of nan mandatory hijab connected women, nan ngo is satisfied that Ms. Amini was subjected to beingness unit that led to her death. On that basis, nan State bears work for her unlawful death,” it said.

Instead of thoroughly and impartially investigating Amini’s death, nan authorities obfuscated nan truth, and sought to harass and intimidate her family “in bid to soundlessness them and pre-empt them from seeking ineligible redress,” according to nan study from nan Independent International Fact-Finding Mission connected Iran to nan U.N. Human Rights Council. 

Iran has denied work for Amini’s death and rejected accusations from quality authorities organizations, witnesses and overseas governments that it crushed serene protests pinch violence. 

Iran’s U.N. ngo did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

The U.N. fact-finding squad acknowledged that members of Iranian information forces were killed and injured successful nan thoroughfare demonstrations, but recovered that nan mostly of nan protests were peaceful.

“We impulse nan Iranian authorities to halt each executions and instantly and unconditionally merchandise each persons arbitrarily arrested and detained successful nan discourse of nan protests, and to extremity nan repression of protesters, their families and supporters of nan Woman, Life, Freedom movement,” Shaheen Sardar Ali, a personnel of nan U.N. mission, said successful a statement.

The study came aft Iran held parliamentary elections March 1, successful which hard-line candidates prevailed amid nan lowest elector turnout successful nan Islamic Republic's 45-year history. Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi and erstwhile Iranian President Mohammad Khatami endorsed a boycott of nan vote.

Dan De Luce

Dan De Luce is a newsman for nan NBC News Investigative Unit.