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Amnesty: 23 children killed amid Iran’s ‘all-out attack on child protesters’

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Hundreds of people gather for the Iranian American Women Foundation’s candlelight vigil for Mahsa Amini at West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California on September 29. On Thursday, Amnesty International said at least 23 children were killed by security forces in Iran amid anti-regime protests. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License picture

October 14 (UPI) — At least 23 children have died due to Iran’s bloody crackdown on widespread anti-regime protests, Amnesty International said in a damning report that details who the children were and how they were killed during the protests that took place. started last month.

In the 19-page report Published on Thursday, the British human rights organization says the children, aged 11 to 17, were killed in the first 10 days of what some have described as a popular uprising against the Islamic regime .

The organization accuses Iran of carrying out an “all-out attack against child protesters”.

“Iranian security forces have killed nearly two dozen children in an effort to crush the spirit of resistance among the country’s brave youth,” said Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East. and North Africa. A declaration.

Victims identified by the report include 20 boys and three girls.

The majority of the boys were killed by live ammunition, although two died after being shot at point-blank range with metal pellets, he added, adding that the three girls and one boy died after being beaten by the security forces.

Protests erupted last month after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died while in police custody.

On September 13, she was arrested by the country’s so-called vice police, accused of failing to comply with strict hijab laws, while visiting Tehran with her family.

She died three days later. Credible reports indicate that she was beaten and possibly tortured, which caused her to fall into a coma before her death.

As protests spread across the country in response, Iranian spiritual leader Ali Khamenei’s regime tried to silence dissent by force, while accusing the United States of encouraging the unrest.

Amnesty International says the children listed represent only 16% of the 144 protesters killed whose names and details it was able to record. All of the deaths occurred in September and the organization said it was investigating reports of deaths that occurred this month.

Oslo-based Iran Human Rights said as of Thursday at least 201 protesters had been killed. He also says 23 children are among his tally.

The organization added A declaration that in addition to the deaths, many school-aged children have been arrested and sent to what the Ministry of Education calls psychiatric centers where they are to be “corrected”.

The United States, the United Nations and other democratic countries and organizations have repeatedly called on Iran to end its crackdown and allow peaceful protests, but Morayef said Iranian authorities have ignored those calls.

“The price of this systematic impunity is being paid in lives, including children,” Morayef said. “Member states participating in the UN Human Rights Council should urgently hold a special session and adopt a resolution to establish an independent international mechanism of inquiry and accountability on Iran.”

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