Online Petition Free Iran Protesters
FIVE DETAINED PROTESTERS IN IRAN
The Iranian authorities have been violently crushing protests in Iran, using unlawful, including lethal, force and arbitrarily arresting thousands. Now, those arrested are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Act now and call for their release.In November 2019 security forces used lethal force to shoot and kill over 300 people,including children. Thousands of others were injured. Iranian authorities continued the crackdown by arresting thousands of protesters as well as journalists, students and human rights defenders to stop them from speaking out about Iran’s ruthless repression.Detainees have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment; they have been beaten,punched, kicked and flogged. Many are being denied access to their families and lawyers.Children as young as 15 have been arrested and detained alongside adults in prisons notorious for torture.
On 11 and 12 January 2020, security forces used unlawful force against peaceful protesters who gathered across Iran to hold vigils and protests demanding accountability after the authorities admitted shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane on 8 January,killing all 176 on board. Security forces beat protesters with batons and used pointed pellets, rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray against them. Some injured protesters,including those with painful wounds, have not sought hospital treatment for fear of arrest.
We now have an online petition calling for justice for those unlawfully detained, calling for:
- Protect detainees from torture and other ill-treatment;
- Immediately and unconditionally release all those detained arbitrarily;
- Respect protesters’ rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and;
- Ensure that UN experts are given immediate access to detention centres and prisons and to families of those killed and arrested in order to conduct fact-finding investigations.