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Stop Killing Innocent People in Iran

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Support Iranian Civil Movement for Democracy in Iran

Iran’s civil movement rallies began on 25 December 2017 over the country's stagnant economy, rampant unemployment and rising living costs. They soon developed into a broader outcry against the ruling clergy. These peaceful protests are being crushed by Iran’s security forces, which have adopted an iron-fist policy against the mostly young protesters.

 Information from Iranian hospitals and victims’ families indicates that the number of demonstrators killed by security forces and pro-government militia far exceeds official estimates of 25.

Families are not allowed to receive bodies of their loved ones for burial until they sign false documents holding demonstrators responsible for their deaths.

According to sources in Iran, hundreds of family members are desperately searching for their missing relatives and there continues to be serious concerns about the increasing number of missing people. They have either been detained, injured or killed in recent days.  

Amnesty International has called for thorough investigations into at least five reported deaths in custody during the protests, denouncing the “shroud of secrecy and lack of transparency over what happened to these detainees”, especially given the intimidation of relatives of the detainees.
According to recently released reports, some of those arrested for participating in Iran protests are being tortured and murdered in custody.
Those still held without charges are badly beaten whilst in custody, hundreds of detainees are kept into a overcrowded rooms, deprived of sleep and food and so much more.
Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “We have long documented the nightmarish conditions in detention facilities in Iran, including the use of torture. Those suspected of having any responsibility for these deaths should be suspended from their positions and prosecuted in proceedings that respect international fair trial standards and without recourse to the death penalty.”
Human Rights Watch predicted that the Regime’s crackdown will cause even more problems for the Regime than the protests, because it has drawn attention and condemnation globally.

There also are concerns that some of the detainees could face the death penalty. The revolutionary prosecutor general has made it clear that protest leaders could be charged with "muharabeh" -- taking up arms against the state  -- and accusing them of acting for foreign intelligence agencies. The offence carries the death penalty.

The International community has been outraged by the brutal suppression of peaceful dissent. The authorities have resorted to large-scale arrest and imprisonment of the peaceful protesters instead of heading their call for social justice and freedom.

We strongly condemn these unjust acts and join people around the world in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.

We condemn the Iranian government’s violent suppression of its own people and praise the national quest for freedom in the face the regime’s brutality.

The Iranian people have a universal right to assembly and free speech and, as such, their government must respect those rights, and listen to the will of the people. The clerical regime must stop the use of violence against peaceful protesters and its flagrant abuse of human rights.

We want to express our support for people in Iran and show the Iranian government that its actions don't have legitimacy in the eyes of the world. We want to show the Iranian people that they're not alone in their peaceful struggle for a civil society and basic freedoms. We urge the government to end its crackdown on opposition activists and demand the immediate release of hundreds of innocent detainees.

At the same time, we urge the British and other Europeans parliaments and governments as well as the United Nations to condemn the regime’s strong-arm tactics while taking serious steps to eliminate obstacles to human rights groups and pave the way for the release of all prisoners of conscience. Any discussions with Iranian regime should focus on human rights and dignity.

The Iranian regime has shamelessly demonstrated total disregard for the rights of its citizens, shooting and beating to death peaceful protesters, imprisoning thousand others, torturing and even raping detainees before putting them on show trials.

Trials are held behind closed doors by revolutionary courts. The charges filed against the accused explicitly include acting against national security with severe consequences.

Some captives are released after posting hefty bails. Even after their release, the former detainees are subjected to threats, intimidations, and continued interrogations.

Many are barred from pursuing their studies or sacked from their jobs. In many cases, detainees have died in detention and the authorities have prevented autopsies and buried the victims without the presence of their families.

It’s imperative to prevent further torture, abuse, arbitrary trials and executions. Our aim is to raise international awareness about these violations and put the spotlight on the Iranian authorities and hold them accountable for killing innocent people in prisons and streets. Most importantly, we want to show the Iranian people that their struggle for human rights and social justice are supported by millions around the world.

It would be wrong to not acknowledge what's going on in Iran.


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