Istanbul (AP) – In Iran , thousands of people have again taken to the streets to protest after the death of a young woman in police custody.
Violent clashes broke out again between demonstrators and security forces on Thursday night. Live ammunition shots at the protesters are also reported on videos that could not be verified. The Internet is massively restricted and mobile networks in particular are largely switched off. Instagram, one of the last free social networks, was also blocked.
Amnesty calls for investigation into human rights situation
In light of the protests, Amnesty International is calling for human rights investigations in the country. Addressing the current UN General Assembly, the human rights organization warned that an “independent international investigative and accountability mechanism” was needed for widespread impunity in Iran.
“The Iranian government has been systematically violating fundamental human rights for years. Arbitrary arrests, torture, extrajudicial executions and the brutal suppression of protests are encouraged by rampant impunity,” said Middle East expert at Amnesty International Germany, Katja Müller-Fahlbusch.
The expert also called on the federal government to take action here. In the coalition agreement, human rights were defined as an indispensable basis of foreign policy. The federal government must take this voluntary commitment into account clearly and quickly.
Iranian football star expresses solidarity
Meanwhile, Iranian soccer star Ali Karimi has shown solidarity with the protests in his home country. The ex-professional received encouragement from many Iranians who took to the streets against the death of a young woman in police custody. “Don’t be afraid of strong women. Maybe the day will come when they will be your only army,” wrote the ex-professional, who was also committed to the Bundesliga in the past, on Twitter. Karimi lives in Iran herself.
The protests were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini . She was arrested by the vice squad a week ago for violating the strict Islamic dress code. What exactly happened to Amini after her arrest is unclear, but she fell into a coma and died in a hospital on Friday. Critics accuse the morality police of using violence. The police deny the allegations. Since then, thousands of people have been demonstrating across the country against the government’s repressive course.
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