UN requires probe into Iranian girl’s loss of life amid protests


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A high United Nations official on Tuesday demanded an unbiased investigation into the loss of life of an Iranian girl held by the nation’s morality police as authorities acknowledged making arrests at protests over the incident.

The girl’s loss of life has ignited demonstrations throughout the nation, together with the capital, Tehran, the place demonstrators chanted towards the federal government and clashed with police.

America, which is making an attempt to revive the 2015 nuclear take care of Iran, additionally condemned her loss of life and known as on the Islamic Republic to finish its “systemic persecution” of ladies.

The U.N. Human Rights Workplace stated Iran’s morality police have expanded their patrols in current months, concentrating on girls for not correctly carrying the Islamic scarf, often called hijab. It stated verified movies present girls being slapped within the face, struck with batons and thrown into police vans for carrying the hijab too loosely.

An identical patrol detained 22-year-old Mahsa Amini final Tuesday, taking her to a police station the place she collapsed. She died three days later. Iranian police have denied mistreating Amini and say she died of a coronary heart assault. Authorities say they’re investigating the incident.

“Mahsa Amini’s tragic loss of life and allegations of torture and ill-treatment should be promptly, impartially and successfully investigated by an unbiased competent authority,” stated Nada Al-Nashif, the performing U.N. excessive commissioner for human rights.

Iran’s authorities didn’t instantly touch upon the assertion however has beforehand criticized the work of U.N. investigators inspecting rights points within the nation.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the meantime stated Amini “ought to be alive right now.”

“As an alternative, america and the Iranian folks mourn her. We name on the Iranian authorities to finish its systemic persecution of ladies and to permit peaceable protest,” he tweeted.

Iranian police launched closed-circuit video footage final week purportedly exhibiting the second Amini collapsed. However her household says she had no historical past of coronary heart hassle.

Amjad Amini, her father, instructed an Iranian information web site that witnesses noticed her being shoved right into a police automotive.

“I requested for entry to (movies) from cameras contained in the automotive in addition to courtyard of the police station, however they gave no reply,” he stated. He additionally accused the police of not transferring her to the hospital promptly sufficient, saying she may have been resuscitated.

He stated that when he arrived on the hospital he was not allowed to view the physique, however managed to get a glimpse of bruising on her foot.

Authorities then pressured him to bury her at night time, apparently to cut back the probability of protests, however Amini stated the household satisfied them to allow them to bury her at 8 a.m. as a substitute.

Amini, who was Kurdish, was buried Saturday in her residence metropolis of Saqez in western Iran. Protests erupted there after her funeral and police fired tear gasoline to disperse demonstrators on Saturday and Sunday. A number of protesters had been arrested.

The protests unfold to Tehran and different cities on Monday. A information web site affiliated with state TV stated 22 folks had been arrested at a protest within the northern metropolis of Rasht, the primary official affirmation of arrests associated to the protests.

State TV confirmed footage of protests on Monday, together with pictures of two police vehicles with their home windows smashed. It stated the protesters torched two motorbikes as effectively, and that they burned Iranian flags in Kurdish areas and Tehran.

The state-run broadcaster blamed the unrest on international nations and exiled opposition teams, accusing them of utilizing Amini’s loss of life as a pretext for extra financial sanctions.

Iran has seen waves of protests in recent times, primarily over a long-running financial disaster exacerbated by Western sanctions linked to the nation’s nuclear program. Authorities have managed to quash the protests by drive.

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